AsylumConnect Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Help LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Find Safety

Press Release: AsylumConnect Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

UNITED STATES, Dec. 11, 2018 -- Today, tech nonprofit AsylumConnect launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising $25,000.00 to improve, scale and market the first ever online resource catalog for LGBTQ asylum seekers across the U.S.    

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It is still illegal to be gay in 72 countries. As a result, every year, thousands of LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers come to the U.S. fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet, upon arrival, many do not know where it is safe to go for help during the complex and lengthy asylum process - fearing ‘help’ will discriminate due to their LGBTQ identity.

Under the current administration, the crisis has worsened. A massive backlog in asylum applications, means that LGBTQ would-be asylees, who typically have access to even fewer resources and options for legal counsel than other asylum seekers, are left in limbo for years.

The AsylumConnect catalog helps LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe, high-quality resources during the U.S. asylum process. Without this free resource database, persecuted LGBTQ peoples’ lifesaving questions go unanswered. Since 2016, AsylumConnect has helped over 7,000 find safe resources.

At AsylumConnect, we’re leveraging open-source technology to bridge the existing information gap, and enable LGBTQ asylum seekers to know all of the safe options available to them in real-time. Once our resource catalog reaches scale, there should never be a time when someone doesn’t know where it’s safe to go for help due to their LGBTQ identity or immigration status.
— Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President

If successful, this campaign will enable AsylumConnect to dramatically improve and scale its services at a pivotal moment in the U.S. Campaign donations will be used for technology (to improve and scale the first ever online resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers), and marketing (to ensure AsylumConnect’s lifesaving technology reaches all LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S., both across the country and at the border who need help now).

Make a tax-deductible donation today: www.gofundme.com/asylumconnect.


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