Immigration Equality

Rating: 4.83 stars   30 reviews

Address:

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.

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.

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(212) 714-2904
www.immigrationequality.org

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Reviews for Immigration Equality

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: 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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