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Last updated on October, 2017

Organization Category Online Resource Database / Social Services
Organization Name AsylumConnect
About Us AsylumConnect is a fiscally sponsored nonprofit creating the first ever online, centralized resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. Every year, thousands of LGBTQ people come from one of the 73 countries where it is still illegal to be gay, seeking asylum in the U.S. Yet upon their arrival in the U.S., many LGBTQ asylum seekers continue to struggle to meet their most fundamental human needs. The AsylumConnect catalog helps persecuted LGBTQ people identify and access human needs resources upon their arrival in the U.S.
AsylumConnect piloted its catalog model in Seattle, WA, in August 2015 . This pilot received positive feedback from both LGBTQ asylum seekers and service providers. Asylum seekers called the catalog “highly recommended,” “easy to use,” “nothing not to like,” and noted that they eagerly await expansion to other “local [organizations] and regions.” Both Seattle's LGBTQ Center and Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs have endorsed the AsylumConnect catalog as a recommended resource. Service providers have additionally reported using our catalog to gather timely, high-quality resource referrals for their LGBTQ asylum clients.
On February 21, 2017, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's Hack4Impact (a student organization that connects student software developers with nonprofits), we migrated the catalog from a static site to a dynamic web application and scaled our product to Philadelphia, PA.
Our long-term vision is to scale our catalog to all major U.S. cities and ultimately, streamline the safe integration of LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. From a technical standpoint, we strive to provide an open platform that allows LGBTQ asylum seekers to self-determine their own resource needs both ethically and scalably.
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Project Name AsylumConnect Redesign
Description AsylumConnect is now partnering with a San Francisco-based nonprofit building technical solutions to help low-income families access community resources. This nonprofit partner will be providing AsylumConnect with full access to its Resource Server API, which houses all public resource information content, as well as its Application Server API, which provides access to all features requiring a user account (resource bookmarks, referrals, editing, etc). Both of our organizations are confident that this partnership will help AsylumConnect to scale its services to all major U.S. cities, further enabling LGBTQ asylum seekers to access life-saving resources.
AsylumConnect currently needs technical assistance with the following:
  • A complete rebuild and rebranding of our existing catalog web application, using responsive CSS and modern web frameworks (React.js, Node.js)
  • This project will not involve backend web development, as One Degree will be sharing access to their well-maintained APIs for resource and user CRUD
Time Estimation 6-8 weeks at 8-12 hours per week.
Target start date: early to mid-September 2017
Target end date: early to mid-November 2017
Skills Needed
  • Previous experience with front-end or full-stack web application development
  • Familiarity with any of the following technologies:** Javascript** HTML/CSS** Responsive front-end frameworks such as Bootstrap
    • Modern web frameworks such as React
    • Node.js or similar Javascript-based run-time environments
    • Heroku
    • APIs, such as the Google Maps API
  • Self-starter with good communication skills and the ability to learn quickly and work independently
  • Experience working with UI/UX teams to translate wireframes into a robust product
Number of Volunteers Requested 2-4 full-stack web developers.
Specific Tasks Key deliverables:# Building a modern, mobile-responsive web application that communicates with existing backend APIs
  1. Translating existing UI wireframes into front-end code
  2. Adding features for geospatial visualization of resources (e.g., working with the Google Maps API)
Contact AsylumConnect Human Resources:
Tiff (Director of Technology):
Katie (Co-Founder & President):
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