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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

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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!

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Immigration Equality has been a great group that helps couples like myself keep the faith that I too can sponser my partner. This group is so suppportive to our cause and gets out our story.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that provides accurate and up-to-date information about the world of immigration for the LGBT community. As a foriegn national in a 5 year relationship with U.S citizen I am always checking for updates on their website,with the hope that one day I will see what immigration equality has been fighting for...equal immigration rights for the LGBT community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hard working, awesome organization. Hopefully their hard work will soon come to fruition. Keep up the strong work!! Our future depends on it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without Immigration Equality, my partner and I would have probably lost hope a long time ago. But instead, the hard work that Immigration Equality does to change US immigration laws the fundamentally discriminate against LGBT individuals has given hope to tens of thousands of people like myself that are forced to live outside the US. Aiming to change immigration laws is a daunting task that Immigration Equality has stayed dedicated to and has the possibility of helping us realize. And now with a record number of congressional sponsors behind the UAFA, we are one step closer to making history - legislative history that will end decades of discrimination in the US. I am thankful for everything that Immigration Equality does and am hopeful that one day we will all receive the benefits granted to our heterosexual counterparts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I will put it in a few words. Immigration Equality has given me and my partner HOPE! Hope that we can be together. They have been doing a wonderful job helping with the UAFA cause for many years, and now they are getting closer and closer of making it happen!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. The web-site is full of valuable information and links for those who are in the painful situation thrust upon United States citizens that happen to fall in love with a same-gender person in another country. It has not only valuable information, but a way to connect with others in this difficult situation. The organization has a personal approach and have personally reached out and helped those in need. They are also working very hard on our behalf, and give us something that is so needed, HOPE.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Immigration Equality gives me hope that someday my Candian husband and I will be allowed to live in the States. We both went to school in Washington and this is where our friends and our lives are. Before we found out about Immigration Equality we thought we would have to move everything we have to Canada in order to be together, but as Immigration Equality works on things such as the Uniting American Families Act we are given hope that we may get to stay in the States as a binational gay family.