Immigration Equality

Rating: 4.82 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, LGBTQ, Human Services, Immigration, Crime & Law

Location: 40 Exchange Place #1705 New York NY 10005 USA

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.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the news updates of what they're doing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure that every option is explored and pursued in order to reach their goals.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Not enough sponsors for UAFA after June 3 2009.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be more transparent- involve other organizations in planning and strategy that effect entire LGBT community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Not sure at this time

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very nice people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire strategists, hire people who know how to work with grassroots, provide competent methods for intake, resources in other cities, take cases that are usually rejected because seemingly will spoil success rates.

Ways to make it better...

They would have treated me more respectfully.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Is the US Congress and the religious right.

One thing I'd also say is that...

That they should get an executive Director who is more willing to be involved at a people level. Get the real stories out there. Be less contrived and more organic, Provide transparency.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enhancing the visibility of the obstacles bi-national couples are facing and pushing our agenda forward.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

equal immigration right is granted :-)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The changes that are now happening with getting co-sponsors for UAFA. More press coverage on Immigration issues as a result of Immigration Equality's work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Invest in a marketing campaign to rally the gay community (and friends) to get out and support immigration reform that would benefit the GLBT community. A general public awarness campaign would also be of significant benefit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

raising profile of a controversial and often ignored issue; getting asylum for clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the fundraising and lobbying team in DC

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

creative, resourceful, professional staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspiring, dedicated, hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

end the cruel separation of thousands of same-sex binational couples. Today, a straight person can import a spouse from another country without even having met them, but a gay person cannot sponsor a spouse of 20 years for immigration.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had more money and resources.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

homophobia, lack of funding, lack of visibility of binational gay couples

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The HIV travel ban repeal being signed into law and a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Uniting American Families Act finally happening.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n/a

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed being able to connect with other bi-national couples to share information and hear other peoples stories.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

n/a

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

run a media campaign on television so more people would know how our country's immigration laws discriminate against gay couples. If more people were able to hear the heartbreaking stories of what bi-national couples go through, our legislators might act.

Ways to make it better...

No comment.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Exposure and media coverage is one of the organizations largest challenges.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you Immigration Equality for giving my partner and I some hope.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the debate in Washington.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stop immigration unequality once and for all.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Raising awarnes, building pressure on the Congress

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Palpable progress they are making.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Work on many other issues

Ways to make it better...

Immigration Equality had more resources

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Great organization. Working hard to give us all hope that soon we will be all counted as equal by immigration laws.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Gettered impressive support for our cause.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get a meeting with the president or the first lady and explain how they could change the lives of so many people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of so many people.

Ways to make it better...

I would love to see the hard work of this organization awarded by Congress by passing the UAFA as soon as possible.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

narrow minded people that are selfish and so called good Christians.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Keep up the good hard work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This site has been an invaluable resource to those of us in a bi-national relationship, having to live in another country. It keeps up up to date with what is happening with LGBT issues in America, how the UAFA is progressing, and it fights equally for all - not just people like me and my wife, living in a country we don't want to. I've been donating for a while now and will continue to do so, because the support they offer is indiscriminate and priceless. ImmigrationEquality deserves your vote!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that even though IE fight my cause - immigration for same-sex bi-national couples - they fight for everyone on the spectrum of LGBT and offer free legal advice to those who cannot afford it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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