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Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project Inc

ASAP sees a future where the United States welcomes individuals fleeing violence. We work alongside our members 600,000+ asylum seekers to make this vision a reality.

aka ASAP   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.asylumadvocacy.org

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Mission

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) believes that asylum seekers can make great change by standing together. We provide our membership of asylum seekers with legal and community support. And we work with our members - over 600,000 asylum seekers to build a more welcoming United States. ASAP members come from more than 175 countries and live in every U.S. state and territory.

Ruling year info

2019

Co-Executive Director

Swapna Reddy

Co-Executive Director

Conchita Cruz

Main address

228 Park Ave. S #84810

New York, NY 10003 USA

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EIN

83-3011862

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Around the world, endemic violence, climate collapse, and social unrest are pushing hundreds of thousands of individuals to leave their homes and seek safe haven in the United States. After harrowing journeys to safety, asylum seekers arrive in the United States only to face a complicated and difficult immigration system that creates feelings of fear and isolation. Many are forced to wait years and years for a decision in their asylum cases, with precarious legal status in the meantime. Without support, asylum seekers face marginalization, poverty, and wrongful deportation. But they deserve a chance to build good and safe lives.

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?

Connect

ASAP uses technology to connect asylum seekers with ASAP and with each other, no matter where they are located in the United States. Via SMS, email, and social media DM, we connect with members through the mediums they trust—the same mediums they use to communicate with their families. Members also connect with one another in ASAP’s private online communities, where they share stories and strategies and provide deep mutual support.

Population(s) Served
Asylum seekers

ASAP provides members with in-depth legal resources, critical updates, and direct answers to their legal questions. ASAPs resources, from bilingual videos to sample forms to FAQs, are now accessed more than 400,000 times each month - surpassing more than 16 million lifetime views. We post new resources and breaking news to our website and send them directly to members, delivering critical information to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers with a single click. And when members have follow-up questions, they can reach out to our help desk of expert attorneys for trusted, individualized answers. To date, ASAP has answered over 95,000 questions from asylum seekers.

Population(s) Served
Asylum seekers

ASAP works alongside members to fight for a United States that welcomes asylum seekers, through litigation, press, and policy.

Once asylum seekers become involved in the ASAP community, we learn from them what priorities ASAP should take on and resolve through litigation and advocacy. More than 100,000 members have explained what they would change about the asylum system. These responses produce an unprecedented body of knowledge about what asylum seekers want and need—and determine ASAP’s advocacy priorities. Reducing long government backlogs and improving access to work permits are consistently ASAP members’ top two goals!

ASAP’s member-leaders represent the broader membership on the national stage: serving as plaintiffs in high-impact lawsuits, meeting directly with policy makers, speaking to the news media, and advancing narrative change about who asylum seekers and ASAP members are.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of asylum seekers in ASAP membership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Connect

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ASAP welcomed our 600,000th member in December 2023.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) believes that asylum seekers can make great change by standing together. We provide our membership of asylum seekers with legal and community support. And we work with our members - over 600,000 asylum seekers to build a more welcoming United States. ASAP members come from more than 175 countries and live in every U.S. state and territory.

You can read more about our members' priorities for change on our website at: https://help.asylumadvocacy.org/5-ways-to-change-the-asylum-process/

ASAP works alongside asylum seekers to build a more welcoming United States. Our model has three pillars: Connect, Support, and Change. When asylum seekers join ASAP, we use technology to connect them instantly to our direct communications systems, and with each other in private online communities. Then, we support them for the long haul as they navigate the asylum system—using in-depth resources, a legal help desk, and breaking news alerts. Finally, our members make change: they collectively decide ASAP’s policy priorities, share their stories to the public and the government, and participate in high-impact litigation and advocacy campaigns.

Our members are our greatest strength - 600,000+ asylum seekers living all across the United States.

To learn more about ASAP's members, including real-time membership data, visit: https://www.asylumadvocacy.org/member-data/

To learn more about ASAP's staff, visit: https://www.asylumadvocacy.org/our-staff/

- 600,000+ asylum seekers are connected via ASAP membership
- 375,000+ immigrants are in the workforce due to ASAPs advocacy and litigation, representing $3 billion in household income gain
- ASAPs legal resources have been viewed 16 million+ times
- ASAP has grown from an all-volunteer effort in 2015 to a staff of 23 in 2024

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amit Jain

Jug Chokshi

New England Foundation for the Arts

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen

National Center for Transgender Equality

Arlenis Morel

Make the Road New York

Elora Mukherjee

Columbia Law School

Lia Parada

Immigration Hub

Natalia Rigol

Harvard Business School

Kavitha Sreeharsha

Emerson Collective

Michael Wishnie

Yale Law School

Amit Jain

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

Janis Jin

Yale Law School Class of 2027

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/8/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data