Meet Our Advisors

Jacque Larrainzar

Jacque came to the U.S. from Mexico City, Mexico. In 1997, she became the first lesbian Mexican to win Asylum to the U.S. based on her sexual orientation. Since her arrival to the U.S., Jacque has worked to promote the Human Rights and civil rights of LGBTQI immigrants, refugees, and undocumented people all her adult life. She is known for her work with the City of Seattle on race equality, LGBTQI rights, women’s rights, indigenous rights, immigrants and refugees and the arts.

By day, Jacque works at Seattle Counseling Service (SCS) – the oldest LGBTQI agency of its kind in the world – conducting research on the barriers faced by immigrants, refugees and undocumented LGBTQI people to access behavioral health services. By night, she performs around the Northwest with her band Revolver Rock and continues to work to advance the Human Rights of all peoples, all the time.

Currently, Jacque is launching SCS's Immigrant, Refugee and Undocumented Outreach Project. This project will seek to eliminate the barriers that currently prevent LGBTQI people from accessing behavioral healthcare services in Seattle as well as offer trainings on LGBTQ needs to organizations that work with the international community.  

AsylumConnect is extremely excited to have Jacque on our team. 

subhi nahas 

Subhi Nahas has over five years experience in various fields encompassing graphic design, translation, editing, and project management. In addition to working for ORAM, Mr. Nahas volunteers for many other causes he believes in. He is also co-founder and editor at Mawaleh Magazine and LGBT Arabi where he supervises design, communications, and social media marketing. Mr. Nahas is an outspoken activist for LGBTQI rights. He has volunteered extensively toward the prevention of sexual and gender based violence. Mr. Nahas studied Information Technology as well as English Translation. 

Mr. Nahas, a Syrian refugee himself, shared his courageous story with Ambassador Samantha Power and others at the first United Nations Security Council meeting on LGBT rights. AsylumConnect is thrilled to have Mr. Nahas on our advisory team. 

Fernando chang-muy M.a., j.d.

Fernando Chang-Muy is the Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he teaches Refugee Law. He also teaches courses on Non Profit Management and immigration for Social Workers at Penn's Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice

In addition to teaching, he combines his experience in academia and operations, as principal and founder of Solutions International, providing independent management consulting, facilitation and training to philanthropic institutions, non profit organizations and government entities. His areas of expertise including designing and facilitating large group, task-focused strategic planning, board governance, staff internal communications and performance, and resource development. 

He has served as Legal Officer with both the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS Program. Before joining the UN, he was a staff attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia serving as Director of the Southeast Asian Refugee Project, providing free legal aid to low-income people in Philadelphia. He is also past founding director of the Liberty Center for Survivors of Torture, a project of Lutheran Children and Family Services, established to serve newcomers fleeing human rights violations. 

He serves on the Boards of local public interest organizations, government, and foundations, including the Board of the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. In 2008, Philadelphia Mayor Nutter appointed him as a Commissioner to the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. He is former Board member of the Delaware Valley Grantmakers, The Philadelphia Award, and the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Coalition. He is author of numerous articles on diverse topics dealing with immigration & refugees, public health and management, and is co-editor of the text Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees (NY: Springer Publication, 2008). He is a graduate of Loyola, Georgetown, Antioch and Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation. He is a 2011 recipient of the Penn Law Public Interest Supervisor/Advisor of the Year Award honoring outstanding project supervisors and advisors. 

AsylumConnect very much looks forward to learning from Fernando's experience and expertise.