Our Story

AsylumConnect co-founders Sy and Katie Sgarro met as college students at the University of Pennsylvania. As Sy shared his personal experience seeking LGBTQ asylum in the U.S. and explained the persecution that LGBTQ people continue to face on a global scale, Katie realized that she had failed to speak out about her own LGBTQ identity in a country where she at least had that choice. They co-founded AsylumConnect to extend a comprehensive digital lifeline to 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 Core Values


In 2016, we set our core values. These seven values reflect what we care most about at AsylumConnect.

  1. Be accountable

  2. Scale responsibly

  3. Build for sustainability

  4. Take the initiative

  5. Do no harm

  6. Default to open

  7. Ask and listen



Our Team


By clicking on the photos below, you can learn more about our leadership team and associates. If you're interested in joining the team, check out our open positions! Scroll down the page to learn more about our board members and advisors. 



Our leadership team runs our day-to-day operations, manages our associates and collaborates to execute AsylumConnect’s vision.



Our associates support our leadership team through specialized roles and are invaluable to the continued growth of our organization.  



Our Advisors

Click on the photos below, to learn more about members of our Board of Directors and Advisory Council.  

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body for AsylumConnect. Our board plays a pivotal role in developing AsylumConnect’s strategic plan, providing oversight and guidance. Ultimately, our board works to steer AsylumConnect towards a bright and sustainable future. 


Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a diverse group of LGBTQ advocates, asylees, refugees, nonprofit leaders, and human rights defenders. Members generously lend their areas of expertise, personal experiences, and networks to help AsylumConnect reach its full potential.