An Introduction to AsylumConnect.
It is still illegal to be gay in 70 countries. Every year, thousands of LGBTQ people are forced to flee their home countries due to persecution based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Many will seek LGBTQ asylum in a new country in hopes of living freely. But upon arrival in their new home, LGBTQ asylum seekers often struggle to access local services which are both LGBTQ-affirming and immigrant-friendly. LGBTQ people continue to face discrimination in health care, shelters and the wider social services sector due to their LGBTQ identity. LGBTQ immigrants, especially asylum seekers and the undocumented, face additional challenges due to their uncertain legal status.
How We Help
AsylumConnect provides the first and only resource website and app for LGBTQ asylum. Our free app can currently connect users with verified LGBTQ- and immigrant-friendly services in the United States, Canada and Mexico. LGBTQ asylum seekers and related LGBTQ populations (such as LGBTQ undocumented immigrants and LGBTQ homeless youth) can use AsylumConnect as a digital one-stop-shop to meet their needs in all aspects of their lives, including where it is safe to go for help with: housing, legal, food, medical, mental health, community, education and employment. Service providers and lawyers can also use our app to gather verified referrals for LGBTQ clients.