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Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Public Interest Law

Mission: Immigration Equality addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of immigration laws on the lives of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV through education, outreach, advocacy and direct legal services.

Programs: Immigration equality represents more lgbt asylum seekers than any other agency or firm in the united states. Since 2008, immigration equality has won asylum for 271 lgbt and hiv-positive people from 64 countries. In 2010, 106 individuals won asylum: 43% were from the caribbean, 24% from south & central america, 16% from eastern europe, 11% from africa, 5% from the middle east, 1% from asia. Immigration equality's legal team vets potential clients and matches them with pro bono attorneys at elite law firms. In 2010, nearly 40 firms donated more than $13 million in legal services - representing 70% of immigration equality's caseload under the legal staff's supervision. As a result, immigration equality effectively leverages one hundred-fold every foundation dollar invested in the organization.

immigration equality has played a substantive role in the department of homeland security/ immigration and customs enforcement-ngo enforcement working group. Immigration equality has been meeting regularly with staff from immigration and customs enforcement (ice) to provide feedback on detention reform efforts. When the working group submitted extensive comments for improving the performance based national detention standards, these included ensuring access to appropriate medical care for transgender and hiv-positive detainees and implementing staff training to minimize harassment of lgbt detainees. These recommendations were included because immigration equality was at the table.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you very much. I have heard that some people just can not be accepted into they Pro Bono System asylum program because they cases are not as straight forward 'easy' as they wish they were. Others expressed concerns that they do not look like those asylum seekers on the front page of the website. I also saw on the website that they advise to the asylum office, by using deductive method what I'm implying here? I wonder whether or not it means that they give advise against your case if they do not like you, then it is not good. Who know it for certain, please share the information with other gay people here. You probably can get help if you can sex reassignment surgery, you also more likely than not will get help if you marry someone of your own gender or if you can find a good stylist who will decorate your look, for female its easy but need to cut your hair short, for man it would be helpful to have few earrings and color the hairs)long hairs - if you can do any of those, sometimes simple things it can save you from lots of troubles and prejudices down the road. I am striving to learn more and really do my best to come to the right conclusion. Any more thoughts, only practical advice please?
Because I like the idea and my knowledge is limited I will start with 5 stars.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

When Your Baby Won’t Stop Crying !!!
Yes, they advertise themselves and it all looks a bit theatrical and maybe they help to some and screw others. But they are changing the game and achieved few goals.
Few points below you may find helpful:
first of all Immigration Equality is working with FBI and if they want to fail you they will fail you. Should you be scared - never, should you fight for your rights - always.
Second, do a bit of a research on those who work for them and who is the former commander in chief and where she works now and what is her agenda - it i crucial.
Furtermore, Apply at the border - those who are illegally trying to cross the border have a priority over those who come in the country through visa procedures;- This is new, and if you want to be at the top of the line just apply at the border would be my suggestion.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Immigration Equality's heart is in the right place, but they could do a lot more with the resources they have. They doggedly pursue a limited number of avenues to fulfill their goals, even when it's clear to most that it's a dead end, while not exploring other options. For example, one of their goals is allowing same-sex binational couples the same immigration rights in the US that opposite-sex binational couples enjoy. The organization focused on including same-sex binational couples in a comprehensive immigration reform bill, while giving little attention or blatantly ignoring other options like visas or standalone bills.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

while IE does a lot of amazing work; they do reject clients some of whom cannot get past reception if they do not fit certain criteria. I am a vocal critic of Immigration equality's strategy. Instead of being open to hearing they have shut me out of their Blogs and website to ensure that their strategy is not questioned by the public at large.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Immigration Equality is a phenomenal org. They did and are doing great work for the LGBT community, specifically for the LGBT folks who have foreign-born partners. The immigration right is an integral part of the rights that are granted to married people. While the straight people take it for granted, the LGBT Americans have to fight teeth and nails to get the equal treatment under the law so that our families are not torn apart. We know this is gross inequality. Thankfully, with organization like IE, we see hopes ahead of us. IE, bravo!! Keep up the good work!

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Immigration Equality is an excellent organization. Immigration for the GLBT community is such a difficult and tricky area and there are many couples and individuals facing impossible choices. The information provided via their website and that which you obtain in calling them is up to date and relevant. They also have extensive information on how you can get involved in immigration issues for the GLBT community. We will not get important legislation passed e.g. UAFA, unless we all take action to raise the profile of these issues. The Blog is very good, in partiucarl the community of responese as issues are raised. They also compile stories in particular on Bi-national couples, and that has been important to me as I am in a relationship with a non-US citizen for 10 years and our legal status is non-existence.

19

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that has been doing a phenomenal job with limited resources. The director, policy team and other staff are all fantastic and have dramatically raised the profile of immigration discrimination against gay couples in recent months.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Immigration equality has been a great information source for gay couples in bi-national relationships. They have fought for passage of the Uniting American Families Act which would allow same sex bi-national couples to sponsor their partners for immigration. Bi-national couples are a small minority within the gay community and immigration equality has given us a voice in Washington. As an American living exiled in a foreign country for the last 3 years, Immigration Equality has given us hope that one day my partner of 14 years and I can return to the place we called home, Los Angeles. Immigration Equality has also led the fight to repeal the travel ban for HIV positive people and actually got the Bush administration to lift the ban. As of today the ban still has not been lifted even though the legislation was signed into law by President Bush. Immigration Equality has continued to push the Obama Administration to completely lift this ban.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Immigration Equality is a small, hard working organization that fights for some of the most important rights the LGBT and HIV+ community is deprived off. It's been very successful in its battle against the absurd discrimination against HIV positive immigrants and visitors by pushing the lifting of the HIV ban. It's helped many immigrants who fled their home countries where their life was in danger because their sexual identity. And the staff of this organization works very hard to give gay Americans the basic right to live with their foreign partner in the US and not being forced to choose between their family and the country they love.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Immigration Equality has taken on a huge task of representing and fighting for LGBT community working to change the immigration laws. The discrimination LGBT community is facing from INS is not covered in the media and talked about as much as other gay issues that have become part of the political and social landscape, but affects too many in the community, and almost everybody was touched by it directly or indirectly. This issue separates gay couples and families sending foreign partner out of the country and causes a lot of stress and pain in the process. Immigration Equality is our very competent voice and is making a huge difference in changing the laws and keeping gay binational couples together.