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AsylumWorks

Rebuilding lives. Strengthening communities.

aka AsylumWorks   |   Washington, DC   |  www.asylumworks.org

Mission

AsylumWorks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. established to empower asylum seekers and other migrants seeking humanitarian-based legal protection.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder & Executive Director

Joan Hodges-Wu

Main address

1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW STE 300

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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Formerly known as

Asylum Seekers Assistance Project

EIN

81-3205931

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Employment

For many asylum seekers, economic survival is imperative to maintain hope and personal dignity. AsylumWorks' employment program uses a three-pronged approach combining individualized career planning, job readiness training, and job placement services as needed. Our goal is to equip asylum seekers with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to secure and retain safe, legal, and purposeful employment.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Unfamiliar with their new community and unable to financially support themselves, many asylum seekers experience extreme poverty, continued victimization, and profound isolation. AsylumWorks works with clients to create an individualized, client-led service plan to address safety, stability, and overall health and well-being.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Social connection is essential to one's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. AsylumWorks' community-building program facilitates opportunities for clients to connect with each other, volunteers, supporters, university students, and the larger community. The goal of this program is to provide a space where asylum seekers can connect, gain confidence, build friendships, and use their skills to help themselves and each another.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AsylumWorks

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cindy Hallberlin

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.