Our co-founders Sy and Jamie met as college students at the University of Pennsylvania. Sy told Jamie about how he could not live authentically in his home country where it is still illegal to be gay. And Sy shared his experience struggling to find safe resources as an LGBTQ+ asylum seeker in the United States. As a trans man from a conservative background, Jamie deeply connected with Sy’s story.
So, during their senior year, Sy and Jamie co-founded AsylumConnect, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that built the world’s first technology platform for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and other LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution. Our organization is founded on the belief that every LGBTQ+ person deserves the safety and freedom to live authentically.
In May 2022, AsylumConnect became InReach. Since launching our App in 2016, we have seen the platform be used by a wide variety of LGBTQ+ people, not just those seeking asylum. We rebranded to better communicate and reflect the value of our App to a broader user base. We are committed to ensuring all members of the diverse LGBTQ+ community–including asylum seekers and refugees, undocumented and other immigrants, young people experiencing homelessness, those facing family or community rejection due to their identity, and other transgender and non-binary people in need–always have access to trusted information on where it is safe to go for help.