Our Mission

AsylumConnect helps LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe resources

“If the AsylumConnect catalog had existed when I was applying for asylum it would had made my life much easier. AsylumConnect’s work truly saves lives. I was homeless for about three years because I could not find services for undocumented lesbians, work, or anyone who could explain to me how the immigration process work[ed] and what my options were."

- Jacque, the first Mexican to win asylum in the U.S. based on sexual orientation and AsylumConnect Advisory Council member


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The AsylumConnect catalog is the first ever online resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers.


 

At AsylumConnect, we believe there should never be a time when someone does not know where it is safe to go for help due to their LGBTQ identity or immigration status.

 
 
 

Our website and app currently helps LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe resources during the U.S. asylum process. Lawyers and nonprofits also use our catalog to gather resource referrals for LGBTQ clients. In addition to LGBTQ asylum seekers, our catalog can help related LGBTQ groups (LGBTQ DREAMers, undocumented LGBTQ immigrants, homeless or isolated LGBTQ youth) find safe resources.

We want all LGBTQ people to know where it is safe to go for help with food, housing, mental health support, filing their asylum application, learning English, meeting new people, and other basic needs. 

“WHERE CAN I FIND FREE LEGAL HELP FOR FILING MY LGBTQ ASYLUM APPLICATION?”

“WHERE IS IT SAFE FOR LGBTQ IMMIGRANTS TO GO FOR SHELTER?”

“WHERE CAN I GET MY NEXT MEAL IF I DO NOT HAVE DOCUMENTATION?”

“WHERE CAN I FIND LGBTQ-AFFIRMATIVE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING?”

“WHERE CAN I FIND A LGBTQ-FRIENDLY DOCTOR WITHOUT MEDICAL INSURANCE?”

"WHERE CAN I FIND FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, RAPID HIV TESTING?"

“HOW CAN I CONNECT WITH THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY?”

 

Use our resource catalog to help answer these lifesaving questions and more. Right now, our catalog can help you to find safe resources in the following states:

  • Arizona (AZ)

  • California (CA)

  • District of Columbia (D.C.)

  • Illinois (IL)

  • Maryland (MD)

  • Massachusetts (MA)

  • Michigan (MI)

  • Minnesota (MN)

  • New Jersey (NJ)

  • New York (NY)

  • Ohio (OH)

  • Pennsylvania (PA)

  • Texas (TX)

  • Washington (WA)


*Note: Our catalog also includes national organizations (can help LGBTQ asylum seekers anywhere in the U.S.). The AsylumConnect team is adding new LGBTQ- and asylum-friendly resources and locations to our catalog. Please search our catalog for the most up-to-date information. 

Are you a nonprofit, lawyer or other service provider who wants to help bring our catalog to your U.S. city or zip code? Suggest new LGBTQ-friendly resources in your area for inclusion in our catalog today.  (*All resource suggestions are subject to internal verification by the AsylumConnect team prior to publication in our live catalog. Learn more about our tailored resource verification process here.)