Katie Sgarro's AsylumConnect Helps LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Access Safe Services

14.8.2019

“LGBTQ asylum seekers today are facing an extremely hostile administration at the intersection of LGBTQ rights and immigration. From my perspective as a non asylum seeker, we have responsibility to make sure all members of the LGBTQ community have the safety to live authentically.”

was a senior at the University of Pennsylvania , she met Sy. Sy was a fellow student, and a gay man who had sought asylum in the United States . He told Sgarro it had been a struggle to determine which services provided to asylum seekers were also LGBTQ affirming. At the time, Sgarro had yet to embrace her own LGBTQ identity. When she heard Sy’s story, she decided it was time to be true to herself and act. At 22, she came out, and along with Sy, cofounded AsylumConnect, a website and app that helps LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe services – from shelter, to healthcare , to support groups. This was 2014, when Sgarro and Sy were still seniors at Penn. They knew nothing about running their own organization and did not have strong tech backgrounds. “We really got started through a passion for this cause,” says Sgarro. “We learned as we went.” The pair surrounded themselves with volunteers and board members that could offer expertise in the arenas they knew nothing about. In 2015, they received $5,000 through the Millennium Campus Conference’s Millennium Peace Prize, as well as $15,000 through the Business Today Impact Challenge. Sy eventually moved on to pursue other opportunities, but Sgarro kept going. In 2016, the first version of the app launched. Since then, says Sgarro, AsylumConnect has helped approximately 11,000 users find access to safe services. And right now, there are over 900 active users per month. As needs have increased, Sgarro explains, numbers have risen. “LGBTQ asylum seekers today are facing an extremely hostile administration at the intersection of LGBTQ rights and immigration. From my perspective as a non asylum seeker, we have a responsibility to make sure all members of the LGBTQ community have the safety to live authentically.” Sgarro says LGBTQ asylum seekers are at risk of discrimination by judges, translators, other asylum seekers, and more. Accessing anything, from healthcare to housing, becomes more dangerous and more complicated. “There is this unique struggle to access services that are not only immigrant friendly, but also LGBTQ affirming,” Sgarro says. “And that’s really the mission we have today.” This mission, however, has not been an easy one to communicate. “It has been an uphill battle convincing [investors] that LGBTQ asylum seekers deserve their own tailored platform,” Sgarro says. “People don’t get that they face unique obstacles.” Sgarro has worked hard to encourage investors to examine the nuances of the causes they support, rather than merely focusing on education, housing, and healthcare at large. “LGBTQ asylum seekers…deserve to be more than a side note or filter on another app,” she says. In 2017, Sgarro was named to the Read more: ForbesWomen

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