I’m writing to let each of you know about an important change at Immigration Equality. After eight years leading this incredible organization, I will be stepping down as executive director at the end of this year.
Immigration Equality serves a need that no other organization in the LGBT or the immigration movements fills. The need for our life-saving services has not gone away, and the need for your support hasn’t either. I will remain a donor and supporter, and I hope you will too.
Immigration Equality was founded with three goals: develop the field of asylum for LGBT people; end the HIV travel and immigration ban; and win access to green cards for LGBT binational families. I am immensely proud to have worked with you to achieve these goals.
Your support remains critical. There is still important work to be done. Going forward, Immigration Equality will:
- Be vigilant on behalf of binational families, watchdog the government’s ongoing implementation of our rights and troubleshoot problems that will inevitably arise.
- Represent asylum seekers fleeing unspeakable anti-LGBT brutality in Russia, Uganda, Jamaica, and dozens of other places, while continuing to improve the asylum system by training lawyers, judges, and asylum officers.
- Push Congress to reform immigration law to benefit all LGBT immigrants, especially vulnerable immigrants and asylum seekers locked in immigration detention.
I hope to see and speak with many of you in the weeks and months to come. I’d love to tell each of you, personally, how much your faith, commitment, and belief in this work has meant to me.