Selected Press Coverage
The Advocate: Queer Refugees: We Have Room, Op-Ed by Aaron C. Morris (June 9, 2022)
Under a public health law, known as Title 42, “thousands of asylum seekers have been wrongly denied their day in court and returned to unsafe places south of the border.” Read more in The Advocate.
NBC: ‘Danger Everywhere’: War and Transphobia Create Perfect Storm for Trans Ukrainians (April 8, 2022)
While the war has created a devastating humanitarian crisis and has forced millions of Ukrainians to flee their homes, transgender refugees, like Faámelu, face an added layer of danger and uncertainty, said Aaron Morris, the executive director of Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. Read more at NBC.
NPR One: LGBTQ Afghans Fear For Their Lives Following Taliban Takeover (September 24, 2021)
Immigration Equality Senior Staff Attorney, Amitesh Parikh, speaks with NPR and CapRadio reporter Randol White about the dire situation for LGBTQ Afghans and what the U.S. government must do to help them. Listen to the interview on NPR One.
BBC: US expands citizenship for children born abroad in win for same-sex couples (August 6, 2021)
The US says children born abroad using assisted reproductive technology can now qualify for citizenship, in a move seen as a win for same-sex couples. Read more at BBC.
MSNBC Hallie Jackson Reports: LGBTQIA+ Asylum Seekers (June 28, 2021)
One asylum refugee tells MSNBC Reports “I came from a place where my life was under threat and then I come to a place where you have to wait this long to get what you want, but at least you’re safe.” Watch the segment at MSNBC.
The Atlantic: The IVF Cases That Broke Birthright Citizenship (June 10, 2021)
The U.S. had to rethink its definition of parenthood, to account for children born abroad to American parents using egg and sperm donors or surrogates. Read more in The Atlantic.
NPR: U.S. Ends Policy Of Denying Citizenship To Children Born Via IVF Or Surrogacy (May 19, 2021)
The State Department will now approve U.S. citizenship for children born abroad to same-sex or heterosexual American parents via in vitro fertilization, surrogacy and by other assisted reproductive means. Read more at NPR.
The New York Times: The State Department reverses a policy that denied citizenship to some babies born abroad to same-sex parents. (May 18, 2021)
In a victory for same-sex couples, the State Department on Tuesday said it would grant U.S. citizenship to babies born abroad to married couples with at least one American parent — no matter which parent was biologically related to the child. Read more in The New York Times.
CNN: Senate Democrats seek answers on U.S. citizenship policy affecting children of same-sex couples born abroad (August 10, 2020)
Senate Democrats are seeking answers from the State Department after a number of cases in which the children of same-sex US parents born abroad did not have their birthright citizenship recognized. Read more at CNN.
Buzzfeed: How Trump is Trying to Block LGBTQ People From Gaining Asylum In the US (August 7, 2020)
Less than two months ago, when streets ordinarily would have been filled with rainbows and Pride marches, Trump’s administration decided to propose changes making it almost impossible for LGBTQ+ refugees to reach safety in the United States. Read more at Buzzfeed.
them.: Lesbian Asylum Seeker Finally Released After ICE Denied Her Parole Four Times (August 24, 2020)
After Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials denied her application for parole on four previous attempts, Yanelkys Moreno-Agramonte — a lesbian asylum seeker who fled perseuction Cuba — was granted release by a judge on Monday… Read more at them.
VICE: They Fled Persecution for Being Queer. Now They’ve Been Separated by ICE (June 12, 2020)
Yanelkys and Dayana spent every single day together for months before they presented themselves at the United States border for asylum in November 2019. Now all they want is to be together again. The pair fled to the U.S. to escape harassment from police because of their relationship. Read more at VICE.
Daily Kos: House Democrats call on ICE to immediately release LGBTQ asylum-seekers amid pandemic (June 11, 2020)
Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley leads a letter signed by more than two dozen House Democrats slamming Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for its continued refusal to release vulnerable LGBTQ asylum-seekers amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, writing “Detaining LGBTQ asylum seekers, especially in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, is dangerous and irrational.” Read more at Daily Kos.
The Intercept: Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, ICE Has Life-Or-Death Power to Release Detainees (April 13, 2020)
Pressure is growing on ICE to quickly release as many detainees as possible. Yet ICE remains recalcitrant, opaque, and unpredictable in its decision-making. Read more at The Intercept.
The New York Times: Gay U.S. Couple Sues State Dept. for Denying Their Baby Citizenship (July 23, 2019)
An American couple’s daughter, who was born abroad with the help of a surrogate, was denied citizenship. Her parents, two gay men, are suing for discrimination. Read more in The New York Times.
AP: US considers more options for detaining transgender migrants (June 13, 2019)
The New York-based advocacy group Immigration Equality is among those questioning the detention of transgender migrants, suggesting they should be eligible for immediate release given the additional threats they face and the specialized medical care that many require, such as hormone therapy or treatment for HIV infections. Read more at Associated Press.