Getting Help For Your Client.

USE InREach TO FIND VERIFIED RESOURCE REFERRALS FOR LGBTQ+ CLIENTS

ARE YOU A LAWYER, CASE MANAGER OR OTHER DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDER WORKING WITH THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY?

Co-founded by a gay asylum seeker and trans American, InReach (formerly AsylumConnect) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing the world’s first tech platform matching LGBTQ+ people with safe, verified resources.

InReach is for the entire 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 of safe resources.   

Use our free website and mobile app to gather verified legal, medical, mental health and social service referral for your LGBTQ+ clients.

Watch this demo to learn how to find verified referrals for your LGBTQ+ clients

Service providers working with LGBTQ+ clients or friends/family members of LGBTQ+ people in need can use InReach, including:

  • Immigration Attorneys
  • Pro Bono Attorneys & Law Students
  • Case Managers, Social Workers & Other Direct Service Providers
  • Caregivers of LGBTQ+ Youth Looking for Safe Resources

My office is glad to learn that AsylumConnect (now InReach) exists. So many asylum-seekers don’t know where to turn & worry that ‘help’ will discriminate.”

Asylum attorney focused on LGBT/SOGI claims

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Learn how to use InReach’s free technology to find verified resource referrals for your LGBTQ+ clients

Our Mobile App

Download the free InReach mobile app on iOS and Android today. InReach is the world’s first tech platform matching LGBTQ+ people with safe, verified resources. Click on the buttons below:

Using the InReach App

InReach is the world’s first tech platform matching LGBTQ+ people with safe, verified resources. 

The free InReach App is available on web (the computer), mobile web (a web browser on your phone) and native iOS and Android. The App is available in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, Canada, and Mexico.

InReach is for the entire 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 of safe resources.  

Lawyers, law students, case managers, social workers, and other service providers also use our free technology to efficiently find safe, verified resource referrals for their LGBTQ+ clients.

The free InReach App matches LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution and other LGBTQ+ people in need with safe, verified resources, including:

  • Medical Care 
  • Legal Help 
  • Food 
  • Housing / Shelter 
  • Hygiene and Clothing
  • Education and Employment 
  • Community Support
  • Mental Health Care 
  • Translation and Interpretation 
  • Transportation 
  • Computers and Internet
  • Mail Services
  • Sports and Entertainment

Every direct service provider listed on InReach is vetted by our trained volunteers to be welcoming to LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution and other LGBTQ+ people in need of safe resources.

Our trained volunteers employ a rigorous tailored verification process for all direct service providers listed on InReach. Our verification process asks three core questions:

  • Is the direct service provider active and legitimate?
  • Is the direct service provider LGBTQ+ affirming? 
  • Is the direct service provider accessible to LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution, such as those seeking asylum and members of the undocumented community?

A provider must be all three of these things before it is listed on InReach. Our team answers these questions by researching and often directly communicating with each provider. We repeat our vetting process for every provider listed on InReach at least once every 6 months.

Please see the “Our Vetting Process” page for more information.

Visit the InReach App (on a computer, web browser on your phone, or download our mobile app on the App Store or Google Play)

If you are using a computer or tablet:

  • Click on “Sign Up” at the top right-hand corner of your screen
  • Click on either “I AM AN ATTORNEY OR LAW STUDENT” or “I AM A NON-LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDER
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to create your free InReach service provider user account

If you are using a web browser on your phone or our mobile app:

  • Click on “Account” at the bottom of the screen
  • Click on the “Sign Up” tab
  • Click on either “I AM AN ATTORNEY OR LAW STUDENT” or “I AM A NON-LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDER” 
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to create your free InReach service provider user account

Sign-up for a free InReach service provider user account to:

  • Save resource referrals via personalized “Favorites” lists for your clients or loved ones
  • Share resource referrals with your clients or other service providers for free via print, email or another InReach user account
  • Share public ratings (one to five stars) and written reviews on other organizations’ profile pages on InReach 
  • Add and edit information about your organization and services (if applicable, ie. your organization is listed directly on InReach)

To connect your account with an organization listed on InReach, you must first create a free service provider user account. Please see “HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A SERVICE PROVIDER USER ACCOUNT?” above for instructions on how to register. 

During the initial user registration process: 

  • To connect your service provider user account to your organization’s profile on InReach, start typing your organization’s name when prompted in the initial user registration process. Select your organization from the drop-down menu and click on the “Join Organization” button.
  • Our team will then verify your connection with the organization you have requested to join. *To help expedite this process: please be sure to use your organization, firm or law school’s official email address during the user registration process.
  • Once you have been approved, you can log in to your account at any time to update your information.
  • *Note: If you do not see your organization listed and you think it may be a fit for InReach, please feel free to suggest it directly to our team for inclusion on InReach. Please see below. 

Once you connect your service provider user account with your organization’s profile on InReach, you will be able to:

  • Add and edit general information about your organization. Currently you can update:
    • Your organization’s general description
    • Your organization’s “alert message” (for example, use this space to communicate to potential clients how your organization is being impacted by COVID-19 in real-time)
    • Your organization’s primary website
  • Benefit from future technical updates to the free InReach App, including:
    • The ability to easily add and edit your organization’s service pages (in addition to your organization’s main page)
    • The ability to approve other users to join your organization’s profile on InReach to help us keep your organization’s listing up-to-date, 24/7

Don’t see your law firm, organization or agency listed on InReach?  Submitting your organization for consideration is easy and helps our team to continue to improve and expand the free InReach App! The InReach team is currently accepting public resource suggestions for direct service providers located anywhere in the United States, Canada or Mexico.

To suggest a new resource for inclusion on InReach, you must first create a free user account.  Please see “HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A SERVICE PROVIDER USER ACCOUNT?” above for instructions. 

Once you are logged in, you will be able to suggest your organization for inclusion in InReach.

If you are using a computer

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Suggest a Resource”
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to suggest a new resource to the InReach team 

If you are using a web browser on your phone or our mobile app

  • Click on “More” on the bottom navigation bar of the App 
  • Then from the “More” menu option, click on “Suggest a Resource” 
  • Select the country you would like to suggest a new resource in 
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to suggest a new resource to the InReach team 

Suggest a resource via our online contact form

  • You can also send us resource suggestions through our online contact form here

Under the “Who Would You Like To Reach?” option, choose “Resource Coordinator Team”

Submitting a new resource for consideration is easy and helps our team to continue to improve and expand the free InReach App! The InReach team is currently accepting public resource suggestions for direct service providers located anywhere in the United States, Canada or Mexico.

To suggest a new resource for inclusion on InReach, you must first create a free user account.  Please see “HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A USER ACCOUNT?” above for instructions. 

Once you are logged in, you will be able to suggest a new resource.

If you are using a computer

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Suggest a Resource”
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to suggest a new resource to the InReach team 

If you are using a web browser on your phone or our mobile app

  • Click on “More” on the bottom navigation bar of the App 
  • Then from the “More” menu option, click on “Suggest a Resource” 
  • Select the country you would like to suggest a new resource in 
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to suggest a new resource to the InReach team 

Suggest a resource via our online contact form

  • You can also send us resource suggestions through our online contact form here

Under the “Who Would You Like To Reach?” option, choose “Resource Coordinator Team”

To rate and review a resource, you must first create a free user account.  Please see “HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A USER ACCOUNT?” above for instructions. 

 

Once you are logged in, you will be able to leave a public rating (one to five stars) and written review on any direct service provider you find listed on InReach. 

 

  • Click on any direct service provider you see listed in the App to go to the organization’s profile page 
  • Click on the “Reviews” tab on the provider’s profile page to be taken to the the “Leave a review” section 
  • Click on the stars (one to five stars) to leave a rating 
  • Type your review in the text box to leave more feedback on your experience

To share feedback with our team, please fill out our quick InReach App Share Feedback Survey

 

We’d love to hear from you!

Other Questions

The free InReach App is designed to address the unique needs of LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution, including those seeking asylum, resettled refugees, members of the undocumented community, and young people experiencing homelessness or isolation due to their identity. Our free App offers an anonymous user experience to protect your confidentiality and privacy online. For example, if you choose to register for a free “I Am Looking For Help For Myself” user account you can input an alias for your name to preserve your confidentiality. 

For more information, please read our User Privacy Statement below: 

The InReach App uses Google Analytics with anonymized IP addresses to help analyze how visitors use this site. Google Analytics uses cookies, which are small text files placed on your computer, to collect standard visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. No personally identifiable information is collected about you, unless you explicitly submit that information on this website. If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics, you may do so by clicking here.

You can also read our full Privacy Policy here.

Yes! We will be adding new free handouts and other marketing materials to the “Get Help for My Client” page as they become available. Please check this page regularly.

Yes, if a LGBTQ+ person is planning to seek asylum or resettle in the United States or Canada they can use the free InReach App to help them plan ahead. They can visit our free App to begin searching for safe, verified legal, medical, mental health and other social services in their new home. They can also now use our free App to search for verified, safe services in Mexico. They can also sign up for a free InReach user account to easily save their personalized resource lists for later.

You can now search the free InReach App directly for sponsor information across the United States:

  • Visit our free website: https://app.inreach.org/ 
  • Choose the “United States” as your country and choose your preferred language
  • Enter the location (county, city or state) in the US where you are searching for a sponsor
  • Click on the “Service Type” drop-down menu and choose: “Community Support” – “Sponsors”
  • Click on the green “Search” button to find safe, verified organizations providing sponsors for LGBTQ+ people near you

Below, we have also included a list of sample organizations to contact who may be able to help you obtain a sponsor for your client:

Santa Fe Dreamers Project: They focus on helping transgender asylum seekers, including those detained in immigration facilities, find U.S. sponsors. Learn more here and fill out their online form.

Freedom for Immigrants: They also match clients to housing provided by their sponsor volunteers. Contact them for more information.

Queer Asylum Accompaniment Team: Queer Asylum Accompaniment Team is a grassroots organization actively seeking Sponsors and Volunteer Accompaniers for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in detention centers on the U.S. southern border. See their website for more information.

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP): QDEP assists individuals coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services. They serve LGBTQ and HIV+ immigrant detainees in the U.S. Learn about their volunteer openings here (see “Host Homes Program”) and contact them for more information.

Airbnb OpenHomes: Learn more about Airbnb’s program to offer free housing to refugees and asylum seekers on their website.

Yes! Please see below for additional resources:

Country Condition Research & Reports

Manuals for Attorneys Representing Asylum Seekers

Additional Resources

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): “Children on the Run” (2016) & “Women on the Run” (2015)

While asylum seekers, refugees and other immigrants outside of the LGBTQ+ community are always welcome to use the free InReach App to connect with local immigrant-friendly services, our focus is on serving LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution and other LGBTQ+ people in need of safe resources. 

 

If your client does NOT identify as LGBTQ+, you can check out:

  • USAHello – A free website created for refugees and immigrants in the United States. Visit their website for more information.

InReach is the world’s first tech platform matching LGBTQ+ people with safe, verified resources. The free InReach App is available on web (the computer), mobile web (a web browser on your phone) and native iOS and Android. The App is available in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, Canada, and Mexico. 

Please note that InReach cannot provide direct travel support or help obtaining travel visas.

If you are assisting someone who is in need of direct travel support or help obtaining travel visas, or who is currently located in another country (outside of the United States, Canada or Mexico), please visit our international resource page for a list of of other organizations to contact who may be able to assist them in physically reaching safety.

About InReach (formerly known as AsylumConnect)

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.

Since launching in 2016, we have seen our free tech platform be used by a wide variety of LGBTQ+ people, not just those seeking asylum. As a result, we decided to rebrand our organization from AsylumConnect to InReach 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 of safe resources–always have access to trusted information on where it is safe to go for help.

Please see our press release for more information on our decision to rebrand from AsylumConnect to InReach. 

No. We are very proud of our history and we intend to remain the go-to platform for LGBTQ+ people seeking asylum. 

We began by validating our free technology model and user need with LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. Now that it’s clear that other LGBTQ+ people can benefit from our product as well, we are expanding. The new InReach brand reflects the growth of our organization.

Our governing board of directors worked with a digital marketing agency B-Reel on choosing our organization’s new name and logo. Our goal was to choose a new name that more effectively communicates who our free technology is able to help, while continuing to honor our organization’s history.  

Our new name (“InReach”) strives to invoke a sense of hope and encompasses what our tech platform aims to accomplish at scale: safe help for all members of the diverse  LGBTQ+ community is InReach.

We are based in the United States. Our team is remote, with board members, advisors, staff, volunteers, and interns located across the country. We do not accept in-person appointments. 

You can access our free tech platform 24/7 from around the world to connect with safe, verified legal, medical, mental health and social services near you.

Yes! InReach (formerly AsylumConnect) is a 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States recognized by the IRS (EIN: 81-1066673). Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law.

Thanks very much for the support! You can donate online or by check. Please see our donate page for more information.

Use our online contact form to write to our partnerships team. We’d love to hear from you!

If you are a corporate law firm or other organization who is interested in financially supporting InReach, please visit our Corporate Partnership page for partnership opportunities.

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