Based in New York City and Washington D.C., Immigration Equality is the national leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV immigration rights. We helped end the HIV travel ban, and we led the successful fight to secure green cards for LGBT families.
LGBT Asylum Program
Through our LGBT Asylum Program, we represent more than 400 LGBT people fleeing Jamaica, Russia, Uganda and other countries every year. Our LGBT Asylum Program matches LGBT and HIV-positive individuals with top law firms, pro bono, and our own 8-person legal team handles the most difficult cases. We win 99% of cases that close, providing more than $15 million in free legal services every year.
Progress for Our Families
We led the fight to secure green cards for gay and lesbian families, and we continue to be vigilant on behalf of LGBT families applying for green cards. We watchdog the government’s ongoing implementation of our families’ rights.
Direct Representation and Structural Change for Immigrants in Detention
Our detention attorneys make weekly visits to immigration detention sites to represent asylum seekers and other LGBT immigrants trapped in immigration detention. Immigration detention is civil detention, yet conditions for gay and transgender people are often worse than in prisons. We fight for individuals to be released, and we advocate for structural change to fix the systemic problems that our clients face.
Advocacy for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Since we opened our Washington D.C. policy office in 2008, we have worked to build relationships with the Administration and with relevant agencies in order to advance immigration reform and other strategic goals that benefit LGBT immigrants. Through our sister 501(c)4 organization, Immigration Equality Action Fund, we lobby directly for immigration reform.
In the News
Our legal team, policy team, and clients are regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC Latino, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, The San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press, The Nation, Politico, El Diario la Prensa, The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets.