“Denis” is a gay man who fled Honduras after receiving death threats from local gang members due to his sexual orientation. He has made the long and difficult journey to the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes of receiving U.S. asylum. However, under the new Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy, Denis is now forced to wait in Mexico until his U.S. asylum hearing – which could take months or even years. He is stranded in Tijuana and fears for his life. He is struggling to know which local organizations are legitimate and accessible to LGBTQ asylum seekers. Using AsylumConnect’s free technology, Denis can now identify and connect with local LGBTQ-affirming services and support in seconds to help him survive his wait in Mexico.
We need your help to bring the first and only digital resource platform for LGBTQ asylum seekers to Mexico.
At AsylumConnect, we use technology to connect persecuted LGBTQ people with verified safe services and support. In 2016, we launched the first ever resource website and app designed for LGBTQ asylum. LGBTQ asylum seekers use our free app as a digital one-stop-shop referral site to meet their needs in all aspects of their lives from legal to housing to medical and mental health care. Our full app is currently available in the United States and Canada.
In response to recent changes to U.S. asylum policy, we added an initial Mexico resource page to our free resource app in December 2018. As more LGBTQ asylum seekers wait and resettle in Mexico, we need your help to bring our full resource app to Mexico to support LGBTQ asylum seekers like Denis.
How will we use your donations?
Donations from this campaign will help to fund:
1) the cost of operating our free technology for 12-months (data storage and translation capabilities), and
2) the cost of hiring a part-time bilingual Resource Coordinator on the ground in Mexico to lead this project.
The Resource Coordinator will train and lead our volunteer Data Entry & Outreach Coordinators responsible for the accurate data entry and resource verification for the new Mexico resource app.
- Teen Vogue: “LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Face Layered Marginalization, So These Four Organizations Are Here to Help.” September 5, 2019.
- Forbes.com: “Katie Sgarro’s AsylumConnect Helps LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Access Safe Services.” August 14, 2019.
- NowThis: “AsylumConnect Helps LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers Find Resources in the U.S.” (Video). June 20, 2019.
Visit AsylumConnect.org for more information.
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