AsylumConnect Chosen for Urban Justice Center's 2019 Social Justice Accelerator

Press Release


NEW YORK, NY, Mar. 18, 2019 — Today, the Urban Justice Center (UJC) announced the inaugural winners of the Social Justice Accelerator competition: Power of PURPOSE, the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, or S.T.O.P., The Brave House, the College Athlete Advocacy Initiative, and AsylumConnect. These five innovative nonprofits were chosen because they show great promise in their ability to tackle the nation’s most pressing problems.

The Social Justice Accelerator is the first effort of its kind to apply a venture capital/start-up model to fund nonprofits promising to tackle pressing community problems. UJC will enable the winning projects to function with complete autonomy while providing them with necessary support to successfully develop into fully functioning nonprofits. Housed in UJC’s office space, the winning projects will have the full benefit of UJC’s staff and resources, including fiscal and human resources management, and access to premiere fundraising software and other digital services.

We’re very excited to receive the support of Urban Justice Center at this pivotal moment for LGBTQ and immigrant communities in our country. We’re looking forward to working with the UJC team to continue to improve and scale the first ever resource website and app for LGBTQ asylum.
— Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President

The five winners will join 15 other projects incubated by UJC since its launch in 1984, all of which have shaped legal and service work on behalf of some of New York City’s most vulnerable and marginalized communities. These include the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, and the Sex Worker Advocacy Project. UJC has also fostered the careers of changemakers like Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker.

About Urban Justice Center (UJC): The Urban Justice Center serves New York City’s most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Since its launch in 1984, UJC has sought to rewrite the rules of what nonprofits can achieve and how they can best achieve them.

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