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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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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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.

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2009-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

in the news

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

do nothing.

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

that I can voice my oppinion

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

very nice and helpful

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

make more people awear of Americans who can not sponsers their loved one.

Ways to make it better...

nothing would change

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

Congress. No one listens.

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

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

speed up immigration equality. Allowing partners of over 30,000 same sex couples to sponsor their non perminant residents spouses.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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

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

government and people's lives.

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

do nothing different.

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

their hard working steadfast commitment.

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

awesome.

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

hopefully change the world.

Ways to make it better...

the laws would change.

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

government officials being afraid to do the right thing.

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

keep up the strong work.

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2009-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the increased support of the UAFA act and Reuniting Families Act in Congress. The recent hearing on the UAFA byt eh Senate Judiciary Committee is one positive result of Immigration Equality's hard work as well as the recent attention by national media.

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

Ways to make it better...

There was a way for the families affected by UAFA currently living outside the US to contribute.

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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6 people found this review helpful

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!

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

the fact that they are helping me and my partner, and thousands of other binational same-sex couples. Their blog is very informative and supportive.

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2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

through their blog, on television, through personal correspondence, through legislative action

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

not be as effective at the people already in charge.

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

that I matter to them.

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

were kind and respectful, and I felt they were really dedicated to working very hard our behalf.

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

really help with getting information to those who could really make a difference. They seem to be on the front lines of equality.

Ways to make it better...

I could actually help out more, they do such great work.

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

the fact that it is a relatively small amount of people facing this issue, that seems secondary to other LGBT organizations, yet they speak as loudly as they can on our behalf.

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

there are those of us who found ourselves in a position that don't even get this kind of respect from other well known LGBT organizations, Immigration Equality is a genuine organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Congress - there are 111 cosponsers of the Uniting American Familes Act!

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...

They are doing something relative to my needs today.

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

Very friendly, professional, and passionate about what they do.

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

Advertise Immigration Equality on a grandiose scheme making millions of Americans aware of the plight of binational LGBT and HIV+ families, and thus win the support of more Americans for the cause.

Ways to make it better...

N/C

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

Conservative politics

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

I love this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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