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June 25, 2009

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June 25, 2009

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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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.

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

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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...

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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

June 22, 2009

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June 22, 2009

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

the Uniting American Families Act and my own Asylum case.

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

the accurate information that they provide.

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

I haven't met any of their staff.

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

- Get more immigration attorneys to help the LGBt community. - Advertise immigration equality and the UAFA bill that is in congress.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 19, 2009

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June 19, 2009

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

the Washington Post, People Magazine, various other news sites and followed the Senate hearing on the UAFA bill on youtube, C-SPAN.

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

interacting with staff and fellow binational couples on IE's blog and forums.

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

very passionate about their work and extremely helpful.

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

buy nationwide coverage in major newspapers and TV stations on UAFA.

Ways to make it better...

they had a space on their website where they would collate all the information that bloggers and contributors have found and posted in talkbacks (i.e. Congressmen contacts etc)

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

to keep this issue at the forefront of the news and to ensure that immigration equality is not misrepresented as illegal immigration and/or part of marriage equality discussions.

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

they are also on Facebook (they should be on twitter too, making most of the online media available).

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 19, 2009

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June 19, 2009

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

the increasing amount of UAFA cosponsors in the House and Senate. As well as including the UAFA with Rep. Honda's Reuniting Families Act. With this foundation, same sex immigration rights will likely to be included into Obama's immigration reform.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 19, 2009

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June 19, 2009

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

The great momentum building in congress to include our families in immigration reform legislation.

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Ways to make it better...

Nothing - they're doing all that can be done in the current political climate.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 19, 2009

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June 19, 2009

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.

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

an exciting, and historic, development, a Congressional hearing, on June 3rd, about the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). can find them on facebook: Immigration Equality

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

that they where really attentive with my concerns.

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

all really kind and understanding.

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

help promote the Uniting American Families Act in a better way and help millions of gay and lesbian families that are being separated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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