Help LGBTQ Immigrants Find Safe Resources in the U.S.

Help LGBTQ Immigrants Find Safe Resources in the U.S.

From Patricia Chang

Every year, thousands of LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers come to the U.S. fleeing persecution in their home countries based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet upon arrival in the U.S., many LGBTQ ...

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7 months ago

Hi everyone! My name is Patricia, and I'm the Director of Human Resources here at AsylumConnect. We are a completely volunteer ran organization, looking to take an already mildly successful non-profit initiative into a wildly successful business that will help millions of people around the world.

Think of our online resource catalog as a "resettlement tool" to help immigrant, refugees, and asylum seekers navigate the process in our country. Though our niche is in the LGBTQ community, we are all encompassing of all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers fleeing from persecution or hostility in their countries.

We are looking to expand beyond our borders, and incorporate Canada, to become the largest resource database online specific to the needs of those fleeing their home countries.

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Under the current hostile administration, our ability to point queer asylum seekers towards safe, LGBTQ-friendly resources is more important than ever. 

We’re now partnering with One Degree, a technology-driven nonprofit helping low-income families access resources to achieve social and economic mobility, to build a national version of our resource catalog. If we meet our campaign goal, we can launch our new resource catalog powered by One Degree in November 2017. We will use the tax-deductible donations from this campaign to finance the professional technical assistance needed to launch our new catalog. Together, we can ensure that all LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. have the information they need to finally live safe, healthy, and authentic lives.

Every year, thousands of LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers come to the U.S. fleeing persecution in their home countries based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet upon their arrival, many don’t know where it is safe to go for help.

Photo Source: “LGBT Solidarity Rally” by mathiaswasik is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The AsylumConnect resource catalog fills this information gap. Our catalog enables LGBTQ asylum seekers to safely integrate in their new home through providing a platform for them to access resource information and referrals to meet their needs in key areas, including: housing, legal, food, medical, mental health, social support, employment, and education.

To-date, LGBTQ asylum seekers have called our catalog “highly recommended,” “easy to use,” and noted they eagerly await expansion to other “local [organizations] and regions.”

We piloted our catalog in Seattle, WA. In February 2017, we migrated from a static site to a dynamic web application and scaled our product to Philadelphia, PA.  

Our new resource catalog powered by One Degree will:

  • Our partnership will enable the rapid growth of the AsylumConnect resource catalog to New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco by November 2017.
  • The launch will commence AsylumConnect’s national expansion through opening up public resource suggestions to anywhere in the U.S. powered by One Degree's community submission tools.
  • Now, building upon One Degree's powerful resource search and management platform, AsylumConnect will scale its service to all major U.S. cities.

​   2. Introduce new technical functionality

Sample target functionality includes:

  • Search for resources nearest to inputted location (zip code, city, etc.)

  • Search by keyword

  • New ability to create a free, optional user account (asylum seeker vs. service provider) 

-Generic user account for LGBTQ asylum seekers (who will be allowed to input an alias to preserve their confidentiality): for saving “favorites” resource lists, etc.

-Service provider user accounts (e.g. marking organization as temporarily “at capacity,” editing personal resource page, etc.)

  • Rating/comments

  • Generic “favorites” list with print functionality. (Also, option to share “favorites” lists via another user account or email)

  • Introduction of new resource filters:

-Filter by sexual orientation & gender identity (i.e. transgender-specific resources)

-Filter by free transportation (whether or not an organization offers any sort of transportation assistance: public transit voucher, free shuttle, etc.)

-Filter by age

3. Offer an improved design and user experience for LGBTQ asylum seekers and service providers 

 Experience our new catalog for yourself!

Click on the links below to view our InVision prototypes to get a better sense of what our new resource catalog powered by One Degree will look like at launch: 

In these politically charged times, we are uniquely well-positioned to support LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S.

There is no more time. Will YOU help?

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Patricia Chang posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #1

Hi everyone! My name is Patricia, and I'm the Director of Human Resources here at AsylumConnect. We are a completely volunteer ran organization, looking to take an already mildly successful non-profit initiative into a wildly successful business that will help millions of people around the world.

Think of our online resource catalog as a "resettlement tool" to help immigrant, refugees, and asylum seekers navigate the process in our country. Though our niche is in the LGBTQ community, we are all encompassing of all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers fleeing from persecution or hostility in their countries.

We are looking to expand beyond our borders, and incorporate Canada, to become the largest resource database online specific to the needs of those fleeing their home countries.

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