Dear ASAP members and supporters,
We are writing to share some important news with you. Liz Willis, one of ASAP’s four co-founders, will be leaving ASAP in February.
Liz has been a source of so much expertise, insight, generosity, and warmth from ASAP’s start. She co-founded ASAP in 2015 as a Yale Law student, committed to helping asylum seekers find safe haven in the United States. At that time, ASAP was an all-volunteer effort, and Liz soon became one of ASAP’s first staff members.
Between 2015 and today, ASAP has grown to support over 450,000 asylum seekers nationwide. Liz has helped build ASAP into a sustainable, impactful organization that asylum seekers will be able to rely on for years to come. Before her current role as Operations Director, Liz oversaw much of ASAP’s legal services, and she’s been vital to the day-to-day workings of so many parts of the organization.
When the four of us took our first trips to the Mexico-U.S. border as Yale Law student volunteers, we had no idea that we were taking the first step on the path to starting ASAP. Piece by piece, ASAP has grown into the largest membership organization in the U.S. immigrants’ rights movement, always evolving in response to what asylum seekers tell us they need and envision.
We cannot thank Liz enough for her contributions to ASAP over the past eight years, but we’ll try. Thank you, Liz, for everything. We are honored to have been on this journey with you, and grateful to have you in our corner for years to come. ASAP could never have existed without you.
Please join us in wishing Liz a warm goodbye!
Conchita, Dorothy, & Swapna