Our Mission

AsylumConnect helps LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe resources in the U.S.

 
 


“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

 
 

We are creating the first ever online resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. We call it the AsylumConnect catalog.

The AsylumConnect catalog can help LGBTQ asylum seekers find LGBTQ- and asylum-friendly resources near them. We want LGBTQ asylum seekers to know where it is safe to go for help with food, housing, filing their asylum application, 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?”

LGBTQ asylum seekers can use our free, online resource catalog to help them answer these lifesaving questions and more. Right now, our catalog can help LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe resources in the following U.S. 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, immigration attorney 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.)

 Co-Founders Sayid Abdullaev & Katie Sgarro (2015).

Co-Founders Sayid Abdullaev & Katie Sgarro (2015).