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.

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Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project Inc

EIN: 83-3011862


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


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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Subject area info

Legal services

Economic justice

Immigrants' rights

Population served info

Immigrants and migrants

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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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

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


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. ASAP’s resources, from bilingual videos to sample forms to FAQs, are now accessed more than 500,000 times each month—surpassing more than 13 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 85,000 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

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

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

Goals & Strategy

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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:

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 strength600,000+ asylum seekers living all across the United States.

To learn more about ASAP's members, including real-time membership data, visit:

To learn more about ASAP's staff, visit:

- 500,000+ asylum seekers are connected via ASAP membership.
- 300,000+ immigrants are in the workforce due to ASAP’s advocacy and litigation, representing $2.9 billion in household income gain.
- ASAP’s legal resources have been viewed 13 million+ times.
- ASAP has grown from an all-volunteer effort in 2015 to a staff of 23 in 2023

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


Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 ASAP Audited Financial Statements FY22 and FY21
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16.44 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 24.1 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $4,031,944 $537,450 $1,338,461
As % of expenses 374.7% 32.9% 59.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $4,026,626 $529,756 $1,328,554
As % of expenses 372.3% 32.3% 59.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $5,877,088 $2,013,405 $3,729,686
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -65.7% 85.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 9.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 90.8% 99.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,076,174 $1,632,131 $2,236,560
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 51.7% 37.0%
Personnel 89.9% 92.2% 90.1%
Professional fees 1.2% 2.2% 3.0%
Occupancy 1.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 7.5% 5.6% 6.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,081,492 $1,639,825 $2,246,467
One month of savings $89,681 $136,011 $186,380
Debt principal payment $0 $183,317 $0
Fixed asset additions $12,979 $19,096 $17,111
Total full costs (estimated) $1,184,152 $1,978,249 $2,449,958

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 49.4 38.4 8.4
Months of cash and investments 49.4 38.5 35.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 45.8 34.0 31.2
Balance sheet composition info 2020 2021 2022
Cash $4,433,227 $5,228,469 $1,557,046
Investments $0 $1,233 $5,123,033
Receivables $717,860 $140,434 $426,561
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $18,546 $30,921 $37,117
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 58.7% 38.3% 29.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.4% 2.5% 2.0%
Unrestricted net assets $4,116,703 $4,646,459 $5,850,013
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $769,093 $612,917 $1,142,582
Total net assets $4,885,796 $5,259,376 $6,992,595

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Co-Executive Director

Swapna Reddy

Co-Executive Director

Conchita Cruz

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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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

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Natalia Rigol

Harvard Business School

Kavitha Sreeharsha

Emerson Collective

Michael Wishnie

Yale Law School

Fred Diego

media startup

Amit Jain

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

Janis Jin

Yale Law School Class of 2027

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 2/20/2024

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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