Minnesota Asylum Network

Collaborating for the Greater Benefit of Asylum Seekers

The Minnesota Asylum Network

is a network of organizations and individuals connecting and collaborating for the greater benefit of asylum seekers in the Twin Cities metro area.

Who Can Join?

Any organization, faith community, or individual interested in learning, helping, or partnering to welcome and support people seeking asylum! We especially value the participation of asylum seekers and asylees who can influence MNAN through the expertise of real-life experience.


Bimonthly “sack lunch” meetings provide an opportunity to meet network members, share knowledge, and discuss current challenges, solutions, and best practices.

Mark your Calendar for upcoming MNAN meetings

(All held from 12:00-1:30)

  • November 30 – Good Work- Employment and Asylum


Collaborative efforts often arise organically out of needs, challenges, or opportunities shared among network members. Historically, these have included:

  • Organizing efforts to meet asylum seekers basic needs (food, clothing, transportation, housing)

  • Connecting individuals to medical care, legal representation, social work, or mental health resources

  • Setting up a children’s play area in the Immigration Court waiting room at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building

  • Coordinating matches between asylum seekers and faith-based or concerned-citizen community groups in supportive partnering relationships

  • Coordinating safe and supportive quarantine options for asylum seekers exiting detention during the coronavirus pandemic

Who do you need to meet? Who needs to meet you? How can we be better together?