At the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, 145 countries agreed to respect the rights of refugees – today’s asylum seekers – while the merits of their legal claims were considered. Surviving persecution, violence, and war, they arrive with few resources: nearly half have an income of $0. AsylumWorks provides them and their families with wraparound, trauma-informed services that complement the work of immigration legal providers – an approach that has been shown to dramatically improve legal outcomes. Their approach works because it recognizes the holistic needs of newcomers; therapeutic case management helps them work through the trauma they've experienced, employment services help them find and retain jobs in their field that pay a living wage, legal navigation helps them understand their rights as migrants and find quality representation, and community services provide spaces to give and receive support and build new social networks. Direct client services are free and available to individuals and families living in the DMV region regardless of language, country of origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Immigrants/Refugees

Awards & Recognition

American Immigration Lawyers Association - Pro Bono Champion of the Year 2023


  • No stories found

Budget (FY2022)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for AsylumWorks is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About Spur Local

Each year 150+ community advocates review applicants on the basis of governance, equity, and impact. Each featured nonprofit has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. Spur Local charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $57 million for nonprofits across the Greater Washington region.

Spur Local looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to Spur Local to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

If you like AsylumWorks you might also like

This organization collaborates with