Tech nonprofit AsylumConnect has launched the first-of-its-kind mobile app for the tens of thousands of LGBTQ asylum seekers fleeing their homes for safer ground each year.
AsylumConnect, which has connected over 11,000 unique users to verified LGBTQ-and immigrant-friendly services in the U.S. and has been accessed in over 150 countries, had previously only been available as a dynamic web application.
“Our free app instantly connects persecuted LGBTQ people with verified safe services and support,” said Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect co-founder and president.
“With today’s launch, we have improved our platform’s mobile accessibility and user experience at this pivotal moment for LGBTQ and immigrant communities.”
From leaving their dangerous home country to resettlement, it is often a matter of life-or-death for LGBTQ asylum seekers to be able to easily connect with legitimate and LGBTQ-affirming lawyers and other direct service providers.
LGBTQ asylum seekers and other LGBTQ populations (undocumented immigrants, homeless or isolated youth) use AsylumConnect as a free digital one-stop-shop referral site to meet their needs in all aspects of their lives, including housing, legal, medical, mental health, education and employment.
Lawyers and other direct service providers also use AsylumConnect to gather verified referrals.
The AsylumConnect mobile app on iOS and Android offers an improved user experience and new features, such as new verified resources and locations, anonymity, search filters, and translation. The service is now available in over 100 languages.
In the pipeline are enhanced map visualizations, offline capabilities, new locations and an integrated private online community for LGBTQ asylum seekers.
The app is available on both iOS and Android stores now.