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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

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Rating: 5

Immigration Equality has been the best source of immigration information for the LGBT community that I have found online. Right now I am going through an asylum process, and thanks to this organization, I can be sure that all the steps that I am taking are the right ones. The information provided by immigration equality brings peace and hope to my life everyday.

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Rating: 5

Immigration Equality's work for the 36,000+ binational LGBT couples who are needlessly torn apart by unfair immigration laws is invaluable. It's in no small part to their tireless efforts that the UAFA bill by Jerrold Nadler and Patrick Leahy received its first ever hearing in the Senate a few weeks ago. They also managed to secure coverage of our plight by People Magazine and an excellent editorial by the Washington Post earlier this year. Their website and blog give binational couples a great opportunity to liaise with each other and coordinate group efforts from our end to get this legislation passed.

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Rating: 5

Immigration Equality is the driving force behind the Uniting American Families Act (ACT). They gave me legal advice on how to cope with the current discrimination my partner and I face, as a binational couple, from the US Government. As well, the blog at Immigration Equality provides up to date information on the status of the UAFA which is a great comfort to me and my partner. This only strengthens our resolve to actively push for gay immigration rights. Immigration Equality was also behind the passing of the HIV travel and immigration ban. Though not yet implemented, the discriminatory Jesse Helms law will soon be part of history.

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Rating: 5

Immigration Equality has done a great job of advocating for those of us in binational same-sex relationships who are in desperate situations. Their work has contributed to legislation being introduced that would end the discrimination against same-sex couples in the immigration system so that we could have the same options straight couples have. You can't imagine the despair, sadness, and anger that comes from being told to either end your marriage or leave your country until you are in this situation. They do a great job supporting us.

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Rating: 5

They are great, I received counseling from their lawyer, I contacted Immigration Equality because I had some doubts about my near future as I am a citizen of Argentina and since I am in a lesbian relationship I can not apply for any kind of visa to be with the person I love. They where really helpful and nice to me, what they are doing is a really important job, they are keeping families together.