OUTREACH

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS

To engage the next generation of advocates, ASAP has created lesson plans for ages 5 and up to promote refugee awareness and encourage dialogue among families. Lessons for younger learners may include elements of storytelling, dress up, language exchange, cultural exchange, arts & crafts, and movement-based activities. Educational events for older learners are designed to spark discussion regarding history, social studies, religion, political science, and the humanities. All events are co-facilitated by an ASAP staff member and an asylum seeker or asylee.

advocacy

ASAP is committed to advocating at both the individual and structural levels to increase access to services, supports, and opportunities for asylum seekers and their families. ASAP works with a variety of stakeholders to offer policymakers greater insight into the asylum seeker experience. Our goal is to influence policy that more fully recognizes the rights of asylum seekers and to campaign for a fair and just asylum process.

Research

Ongoing research has shown that various environmental factors pose continued risk to refugee well-being; however, recent academic studies now suggest one's post-migration environment has a greater influence on individual health and mental health than pre-migration factors including trauma. ASAP is committed to investigating the interplay between post-migration factors and psychosocial well-being to better understand how resources can efficiently, effectively, and equitably meet the needs of asylum seekers and their families. ASAP works to advance the field of refugee and immigrant studies by producing and supporting scholarly research that investigates the needs and contributions of asylum seekers in the U.S.