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.
Immigration equality is really doing an amazing job of pushing a very important issue. It's especially important to me as I am a legal immigrant in a binational relationship about to start a family in the US.With their help we are closer to getting a law passed that would enale my partner to sponsor me from a green card so we will not be forced to leave our family here and go to the UK (where, granted, we would actually be treated as equals but still...).
They are great at informing us of what is going on and getting everyone together to get something done. I am extremely grateful of their efforts and hopeful that we will eventually get this legislation passed.
Immigration Equality has helped put the word out on an issue which affects me. They are always on top of every issue which is brought to their attention. They also tend to help people on a one on one basis in respect to questions about particular issues.