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If 200 of you become monthly sustainers Immigration Equality will win $20,000 from Juan Carlos Palomino and Ray Fisher, Immigration Equality’s board chair.

Every monthly pledge of $20 or more will count toward this ambitious goal. If you’re already a monthly supporter, increasing your donation by at least $20 will count toward winning $20,000.


Oliver’s Story: Fleeing Nigeria, Finding Hope

My name is Oliver Anene, and I fled my birth country of Nigeria when I was 26 years old. Growing up and living as a gay man in a country where homophobia runs rampant was, and still is, a terrifying experience. Gay men like me are afraid to reveal their sexual orientation because we become subject to ridicule, threats, intimidation, physical attack, blackmail, arrest, criminalization, and death.

I became a target when I began advocating for the gay community and working to raise awareness about the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases in my home country. As an activist for gay people’s rights in Nigeria, I was openly and highly visible. As a result, my risk of experiencing hostility was greater than other people who have not yet come out.

Since 2007, I lobbied to prevent the passing of Nigeria’s bill criminalizing gays. By 2008, the Nigerian media erroneously reported that the bill had already become law. Consequently, people began to take matters into their own hands by reporting gays, or suspected gays to the police and the violence against my community increased. Throughout the next 5 years, more and more of my friends were fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, and attacked for being gay.

I was undeterred and continued my work of educating the community about health issues. I traveled across Africa, Europe and even participated in a conference in the United States. During my travels I never considered asylum because my work in Nigeria was too important. It wasn’t until late 2011 that I felt the need to flee as a result of increased pressure from homophobic neighbors. But the last straw came when my mother found out that I was gay and confronted me about it. She called me crying and began to scream at me. She ended the call by telling me not to return home. When she hung up the phone on me, I was devastated.

In July 2012, I was able to come to the United States, where I found Immigration Equality. It was a challenging time for me, but Immigration Equality made all the difference. I didn't know what to expect the first time I met with one of their staff, but within three months of my first visit to their office, I had won my asylum case and the freedom and protections that come with it.

Now, I am contributing to my adopted country by becoming a social worker, mentoring young people, and being an outspoken advocate for LGBT and HIV rights. I want to say thank you to Immigration Equality for saving my life.

Honor Immigration Equality’s 20 years of service to the LGBT and HIV-positive community by becoming a monthly sustainer today.


Thank You to Our Board

Immigration Equality and Immigration Equality Action Fund’s Board of Directors is comprised of many talented, thoughtful and generous people. Throughout the years, they have contributed to our vision and our work and have given our staff the ground on which to accomplish all of the great things we’ve been able to achieve. Before there were even any staff members, volunteer leaders came together to fill a gap in the movement.

They recognized that the intersection of immigration and the LGBT community was a unique one and that the laws treated people at this juncture differently.

Board chairs, board officers and board members have taken on a huge responsibility. They care so much about our clients, our missions and the progress of the LGBT and HIV-positive immigrant community. Their service is just one example of the depth of commitment and breadth of knowledge that individuals who support Immigration Equality possess.

As we celebrate our 20th year, we want to take this opportunity to thank past and present board members. Their generosity has played a big role in where we are today – managing a caseload of over 400, pushing for change in Washington and making sure more and more people know we are here as a resource. Thank you!

You can honor Immigration Equality and Immigration Equality Action Fund’s Board of Directors’ service to the LGBT immigrant community by becoming a monthly sustainer at $20 or more. If 200 of you pledge monthly, we will receive $20,000!


The End of the HIV Travel Ban

On January 4, 2010, the HIV ban on travel and immigration, which had been in place for more than two decades, finally came to an end. Before that day, being HIV positive was an automatic ground of “inadmissibility,” forcing immigrants seeking to live in the country to apply for limited waivers or remain outside of the U.S., separated from their families and loved ones. Up to that point, the U.S. had been among a dozen countries that barred entry to travelers and immigrants on account of their HIV status. We were in the company of countries like Brunei, Iraq, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, which have long and notorious histories of denying human rights to LGBT citizens.

The ending of the ban meant immigrants seeking green cards would no longer be required to take an HIV antibody test as part of the medical examination, or meet the narrow qualifications of a waiver of inadmissibility. The process for obtaining a waiver was complicated and most often not available to gay men, because same-sex spouses were not considered a qualifying relative under prior immigration policies. It also prevented the U. S. from hosting international HIV/AIDS conferences, since people living with HIV/AIDS required a waiver to enter the U.S. or face being stopped at a port of entry and being returned to their country.

For me, January 4, 2010 was a day I longed would come so that the U. S. would end a long era of intolerance and discrimination against LGBT immigrants and visitors. It remains one of the happiest days of my advocacy career because it was the day I was able to tell clients, “You no longer have to fear being denied a green card simply because of your HIV status.” On that day, I also remembered the many clients I had worked with that did not live long enough to see the ending of ban — some never being reunited with their families.

Immigration Equality worked hard to help end the HIV travel ban. There are still LGBT immigrants who face added challenges in our immigration system because of who they are and whom they love, and we will continue advocating on their behalf. But for thousands of LGBT immigrants the end of the HIV ban on travel and immigration on January 4, 2010, was a life-changing experience.


On thin ICE: a transgender activist at risk of deportation

Fernanda V. is a transgender woman from Honduras who fled to the United States in July of 2013. Back home, she fought for HIV prevention and helped young transgender women get off the streets. Transphobic community members in Honduras raped and beat her, and the police were unwilling to protect her. Fearing for her life, Fernanda fled from her home and the activist work she loved. She came to the United States because she had heard that transgender people could live openly without fear of violence.

However, rather than welcoming her, the Department of Homeland Security placed Fernanda in immigration detention, housing her in a male facility where she was locked up in solitary confinement for her own “protection.” Isolated, without an attorney, and terrified that she could be deported to Honduras where she feared she would once again be beaten and raped, or killed, Fernanda began to lose hope. After two agonizing months in detention, Fernanda was finally released.

Soon after, she learned about Immigration Equality’s LGBT asylum program, and we took on her case. Fernanda has found the legal and social support she has needed here in the United States. However, she has not won asylum and she continues to live in fear and uncertainty as the government actively tries to deport her. Fernanda is an incredibly resilient woman and activist. Immigration Equality is proud to support her as her journey continues. For every person who becomes a $20/month donor to Immigration Equality, we are able to help more transgender people like Fernanda, people forced to flee violence and persecution. We appreciate your support.


Clement Lee: Detention Staff Attorney

Detention Staff Attorney Clement Lee’s work at Immigration Equality is shaped by his close ties to the immigrant community. His family on his father’s side fled persecution in the People’s Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution, eventually settling in Chinatown, New York. His grandfather on his mother’s side literally jumped off a ship to get to the United States, and took a low-paying job at a dim sum restaurant in Chinatown. He served in the U.S. military, and eventually became a citizen. Clem’s background helps him to identify with his clients who flee persecution, particularly low-income individuals who enter without inspection.

Clem’s first visit to a detained client, through an immigration clinic in law school, was an enlightening experience. Time passed bizarrely for his client. Months went by, and as Clem went to class, made new friends, studied, worked, and generally lived, his client’s life hung at a standstill. Today, he works to get detained clients out of that limbo — often a dangerous place for gay and particularly transgender people, where they face abuse from staff and peers alike. Clem travels hundreds of hours to detention centers and represents clients nationwide, so that they can start their lives once more. So far, he’s won over 20 cases, and is sure to win many more. Monthly sustainers support our staff and their incredible work. The stronger our funding, the stronger our team. Thank you for your monthly support.


Majda Puaca: From client to staff

I give because I know first-hand what it feels like to be intimidated. I give because someone stood up for me. I give because I am no longer afraid. I give to celebrate my two-year anniversary of winning asylum. Why do you give?

Today is National GiveOUT Day, a day to give to your favorite LGBT organization. I am giving to Immigration Equality because it represented me when I was forced to flee Serbia for demanding equal rights for my community.

Before I left Serbia, I earned a reputation in my city of Belgrade as the outspoken leader of the LGBT movement. My photo was on TV and in the newspapers, my name and address were on hate group websites, and it was no longer safe for me to live as the “Main Dyke” of Serbia.

I experienced a full-circle moment when I went from client to colleague. Now, I know what Immigration Equality’s work looks like from both sides of the table. I am more impressed than ever to be working with the same people who helped me win asylum, and who continue to fight on behalf of LGBT immigrants like me!

I am so thankful for every door that Immigration Equality has opened for me. As you read this email, our legal team is representing hundreds of LGBT immigrants and their families across the country. The most impressive thing about this organization is that we win 99 percent of our cases and we don’t charge our clients a penny.

I am thrilled to be a part of the team that helped save my life. I’m even more excited to help other LGBT immigrants find the safety and protection they deserve.


RB and Uganda’s antigay laws

RB comes from one of the 75-plus countries around the world where it is a crime to be gay. He was one of the dozens of Ugandan activists who was outed in a popular tabloid newspaper. Since then, his life has never been the same.

He’s been kicked out of his home, arrested by the police, buried his close friend and fellow activist after he was brutally murdered, and he received numerous death threats because of his activism for LGBT people’s human rights.

Life is not easy for LGBT people in the many countries across Africa and the world, where being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is a crime. Thankfully, for the people who manage to flee to the United States of America, Immigration Equality exists.

“If it wasn’t for Immigration Equality, it is possible that I would have been deported back to Uganda, where the government recently increased the punishment for being gay,” RB says. “If I return to Uganda, I could face life in prison. Thanks to Immigration Equality, I was able to win asylum.”

RB encourages everyone to honor the sacrifices that many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are forced to make and become a monthly sustainer today.

“Immigration Equality is working to help more people like me,” he said. “Together, we can continue fighting for LGBT people’s human rights.”


Civic leaders win green card

Steven and Neal are a loving, married couple who have been together since spring 2002 and married since March 2009. Steven was born in Houston, Texas and Neal is from Canada. Steven is a voice and speech professor in New York and Neal has made a name for himself working as an urban planner. As the foreign national half of this binational couple, Neal has had to string together various employment-based visas to remain in the U.S.

Steven and Neal have strong ties to their community that extend beyond their work. Steven is a co-founder of a non-profit organization that works with Asian-American artists and communities. Neal has served as coordinator for the Queens, NY Pride Parade. Together, the couple has fundraised extensively for the annual AIDS Walk, founded the first LGBTQ Lions Club in New York, and worked on many other causes that benefit the greater LGBT community.

Neal received his green card in the mail in November 2013, less than 6 months after the Supreme Court struck down the federal law against gay marriage. They were among the first wave of New York City couples who were granted permanent residency after DOMA.

Celebrate their green card victory by becoming a monthly sustainer at $20 or more before May 20.


No more goodbyes

Denise and Samantha first met when Samantha was working as a soccer coach in the state of Utah. There was instant chemistry. But since Samantha is not a U.S. citizen, she was forced to return to her home country of England after she was unable to extend her visa to work as a soccer coach.

What followed were three years of cross-Atlantic flights, denied visa applications and long months of separation. The two couldn’t handle another extended goodbye. Yet, through the entire three years, their love blossomed.

When they heard that DOMA had finally been struck down, Denise and Samantha reached out to Immigration Equality in hope of finally being able to start a family together.

“Before DOMA, we felt hat Immigration Equality was the only hope we had of ever being reunited in the United States,” Denise told Immigration Equality. “After DOMA’s repeal, Immigration Equality helped us through every step of the way. They hosted great conference calls and even helped our attorney.”

Just last month, Samantha’s K1 fiancé visa was approved and she was able to return to the United States to marry Denise. The couple is planning on having their civil marriage ceremony in San Diego in early summer before returning to Utah for their wedding.

“We just bought a house and we’re excited to live a normal life,” Denise told Immigration Equality. “After all we’ve been through, we just want to be together and enjoy the simple things.”


Masha Gessen trusts us with her family

When the Kremlin threatened to take my three children away from me and my wife, I knew it was time to leave Moscow. I’ve devoted my career to championing freedom and equality, especially for LGBT people, but this hit too close to home.

My family arrived in New York City in December 2013. I had been a fan of Immigration Equality for years, so I was overjoyed when they agreed to represent my wife and my children. True to its reputation, its legal team has stood with us every step of the way.

This Mother’s Day, I’m giving $20 per month because every mother deserves to be with her family.

I fled Russia twice. The first time was in the early 80s when I was a teenager and my family was forced to escape Cold War era anti-Semitism. I became the first openly lesbian émigré to be granted U.S. citizenship. I returned to Russia in 1991 to fight for gay and lesbian rights. After three decades of activism, I knew it was time to leave for good when the government threatened to take my adopted son away. I was being targeted after the country passed its “homosexual propaganda” law and banned adoptions by same-sex couples.

Now, as a mother, I turned to Immigration Equality to represent my family because it pioneered the field of LGBT asylum. With the criminalization of the gay community in more than 76 countries around the world, its work is more necessary than ever before.

We came to the United States with a simple dream of raising a family. We want to live free from the threat of being separated or torn apart because of unjust and discriminatory laws.

With countless families being separated in our own backyard and the most uniquely vulnerable members of the immigrant community in danger of deportation, it’s more clear than ever before that Immigration Equality’s work is not done yet - No mother should be separated from her children.

Join me and pledge $20 per month to help Immigration Equality win $20,000. Countless LGBT and HIV-positive people will feel the impact.


The Death of DOMA

For LGBT binational families, the Supreme Court’s decision June 26, 2013, decision in U.S. v. Windsor changed everything. Before that day, the Defense of Marriage Act discriminated against 36,000 gay and lesbian binational couples by denying them the ability to secure a future together in the United States.

Before that day, our families were forced to rely on a patchwork on complicated and expensive visas to stay together in the country they loved, while others were forced to endure years of painful separation from the person they loved. Untold numbers of families were forced to uproot themselves completely and go into exile abroad as they struggled to keep their families together.

On June 26, 2013, all of that changed. At long last, Immigration Equality was able to tell our families, “Yes, you can get a green card.” Overnight, we went from telling couples to explore their options for student or work visas to helping them navigate the process of filing spousal and fiancée petitions.

Overnight, we went from seeing couples receiving denial notices from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to seeing green cards arriving in the mail. We know that our work is not yet done and that many of our families are still fighting for full equality.

There are still LGBT families who face added challenges in our immigration system because of who they are and whom they love, and we will continue advocating on their behalf. But for thousands of LGBT binational families, DOMA’s demise on June 26, 2013, was a life-changing experience.


Danny Alicea: a champion for his community

Staff attorney Danny Alicea spent nearly three years as Immigration Equality’s very first paralegal before attending law school. As is commonly the case among public interest advocates, law school was a platform for him to tackle racial and social justice issues head-on.

“It was there that I shed, for good, the part of my personality that reflected a victim-like mindset relating to all the socioeconomic disadvantages of my life — though this past will forever shape my identity. Regardless of how others perceive or stereotype me because of what I look like or where I came from, my law degree is the badge that empowers me,” says Danny.

Today, Danny coordinates Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum program, managing and recruiting attorneys nationwide and enabling us to expand our reach, the number of cases we take on and the number of people we save, exponentially. As we attempt to grow our network from 40 to 50 law firm partners, Danny plays an invaluable role.


Keeping it Classy in San Diego

Last Sunday, Immigration Equality’s legal director, Aaron Morris, traveled to San Diego, California for the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards. The CLASSYs are the largest social impact awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest champions of social progress.

After months of anticipation, we are excited to announce that Immigration Equality took home the CLASSY Award in the Human Rights and Social Justice Category. This is truly an honor, as we were up against tough competition from organizations that work to fight human trafficking, prevent child abuse, defend LGBT rights, and many more worthy causes.

In the end, a 100-person board comprised of top leaders and cause experts from around the world declared us the winners for our “full-time hotline for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants.”

“The entire team at Immigration Equality is dedicated to representing and advocating on behalf of the LGBT/H community,” Aaron Morris, legal director of Immigration Equality said. “This is truly an honor. We hope to continue serving the most vulnerable members of the immigrant community for many years to come.”

You can help honor Immigration Equality’s 20 years of service to the LGBT immigrant community by becoming a monthly sustainer at $20 or more. If 200 of you pledge monthly, we will receive $20,000!


Darion & Brenton

Darion and Brenton were married in New York City on December 27, 2011 while on vacation in the United States. Immediately after getting married they returned to Jamaica, which is an extremely homophobic country where hatred of gays is everywhere. You see it in popular culture, music, religion, politics, the workplace, and even schools.

Gay men like Darion and Brenton are afraid to live openly because the consequences can be severe: from being rejected by family and friends to death threats, beatings and even murder. It’s no wonder that both men grew up with feelings of being ostracized due to their sexual orientation.

“My husband and I have been harassed and mistreated for being gay throughout our lives in Jamaica, but during the year and a half we lived together as a married couple the risk to our lives dramatically increased,” Darion told Immigration Equality.

They couldn’t keep their marriage a secret and they began to receive death threats from anonymous callers on numerous occasions. Darion and Brenton decided it was no longer safe for them in Jamaica and on July 13, 2013 they were forced to flee to the United States.

The couple contacted Immigration Equality once they were safely in the U.S. Just yesterday, they had their asylum interview in New York City. They hope to hear back the results soon. But they know that returning to Jamaica is not an option.

“If we were to return to Jamaica, we are convinced that we would be in extreme danger of being attacked or killed because we are gay,” the couple said. “As a married couple living together, we would be a symbolic target.”

Darion and Brenton can’t return to Jamaica. Their only hope for building a life together is here in the United States. Thanks to Immigration Equality and its pro bono asylum program, they are closer than ever to securing the permanent safety and freedom that asylum provides.

Darion and Brenton are one of the literally hundreds of clients that Immigration Equality is currently representing. Honor brave asylum seekers them by becoming a monthly sustainer at $20 or more today.


"Viktor": our first transgender Russian asylum winner

Earlier this year, Immigration Equality and our pro bono partners achieved a great milestone. We were able to win asylum for our first ever transgender client from Russia. After experiencing a 366 percent increase in calls from Russia last year, we feel great about obtaining permanent protection for the most vulnerable members of the LGBT family.

Viktor (alias used for his safety), 21, was frequently beaten by schoolmates because of his non-traditional appearance. He was masculine and refused to conform to the gender he was assigned at birth. On the best days, he was threatened and bullied, but on the worst days, his aggressors accosted him physically.

One day, while walking home from school, he and his brother were attacked. The attacker assumed that the siblings were a gay couple, and since being gay is not permitted in Russian culture they took justice into their own hands. Viktor fears returning to Russia where support for an “antigay propaganda” law has polarized the homophobic Russian society, leading to an increase in violence across the country.

We’ve won 100 percent of our Russian LGBT asylum cases and we will continue to fight on behalf of the dozens of Russians we currently represent and the hundreds more LGBT immigrants from around the world.

Become a monthly sustainer now at $20+ by May 20th and help us win $20,000.


Rachel Tiven vs. Bill O'Reilly

In the summer of 2007, our former Executive Director Rachel Tiven went head-to-head with Bill O’Reilly to discuss the Uniting American Families Act. UAFA would have allowed gay U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to sponsor their same-sex partners. We fought for this solution for binational couples whose marriages were not recognized by law, long before the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, changing the game for same-sex couples.

Ignoring Tiven’s clarifications that gay couples would need to provide the same proof as any straight couple, O’Reilly insisted that the only plausible evidence was to visit the gay couple’s bedroom. He refused to acknowledge the very real barriers LGBT immigrants were facing, saying that a partner who couldn’t be sponsored could apply “like anybody else.”

Binational couples who can get legally married are now “like anybody else” in the eyes of the federal government. But for couples who can’t access marriage and for so many of our other clients relief has not come, yet. Here at Immigration Equality we will continue to do what we do best: win individual cases and work to change the game. The type of expertise that took us to national television in 2007 is what we’ve brought to our lifesaving work all along. Help us keep up the fight by becoming a monthly sustainer.


P.K. building new life after asylum win

P.K. knows rejection. He was rejected by his parents, banned from going to school, and ostracized by his neighbors simply for being gay. Finally, he fled Ghana after his partner was murdered. P.K. knows that if he was ever deported and forced to return to Ghana that he would face the very real possibilities of getting arrested, attacked in the streets, thrown in prison for being gay, or (like his partner) even worse.

After traveling thousands of miles through half a dozen countries, he told immigration officials at the US/Mexico border that he had come here seeking safety. Because he asked for asylum right at the border, he was transported to immigration detention while he awaited his hearing. P.K. spent 5 long months in detention, fearing every day that he might get deported back to the violence he had narrowly escaped. Immigration Equality was able to take P.K.’s case and we are so happy to report that we successfully prevented him from being deported.

Now that P.K. is safe, he has started applying to universities, where he hopes to study engineering. “I am happy to be able to finish my education in the U.S.” he says. “I look forward to my new life here.” Every day, attorneys at Immigration Equality work with clients like P.K. so that they can start a new life. We appreciate your support!


Ben Anderson & Mattia Lumaca: from exile to planting roots together

Mattia and Ben lived in exile for years. They existed in a state of limbo, moving from country to country as they waited for the Supreme Court to decide on DOMA. They were a couple in love who couldn’t make plans for their own futures. The one thing they knew for certain was that they wanted to remain together. Along with the rest of us, they waited to learn what would happen. With the Windsor decision they tell us everything has changed for them.

“It’s a completely different life,” the couple says.

After they returned to the U.S., the two applied for Mattia’s green card and bought a house. Earlier this year, Mattia’s green card was approved. Now, Ben and Mattia are happy to finally be able to put down roots and build a stable life together.

“Life after DOMA is different but very nice,” Ben says. “As a disabled veteran, I gained a new respect and faith for America as a country. It showed the world that America has equal opportunity for all couples.” At Immigration Equality we continue to represent LGBT couples, families and individuals facing life-altering instability. Stand with us so we can continue to stand with everyone who needs our help.


Jamaica on top — for the wrong reasons

Year after year, we have received more calls for help from LGBT/HIV-positive Jamaicans than people of any other country. In fact, more of our cases come from the Caribbean than from any other region in the world. This is partly because asylum applications must be filed from within the U.S, a daunting barrier for LGBT people from more distant but no less dangerous countries.

Anti-gay violence is incredibly pervasive in Jamaica. We support in-country activists who are forced to organize underground, never holding meetings in the same place twice and using pseudonyms to protect their identity. We have represented Jamaican clients subjected to mob violence who had absolutely nowhere to run.

From 2008 to the present day, we have answered over one thousand calls for help from LGBT/HIV-positive Jamaicans. Jamaican cases have made up one quarter of our victories. And in 2012, we represented about 63% of all Jamaicans that won asylum in the U.S. We have won asylum for 158 Jamaicans, and we currently have 67 Jamaican cases open. Anti-gay violence and its acceptance and celebration in Jamaica shows no sign of subsiding. Will you help us continue to defend LGBT Jamaicans?


Ray Fisher & Juan Carlos Palomino's $20,000 challenge

Juan Carlos Palomino and Ray Fisher met in 1995 and have struggled to stay together for nearly 20 years. When they met, Juan Carlos’ pending status meant that he couldn’t travel outside the U.S. He was on the waiting list for a green card, sponsored by his mother, when she became ill with cancer. Upon her death, Juan Carlos lost all immigration status, and when he went to her funeral in Mexico, there was no coming back. It was four long months before he could return to the U.S.

“In those moments of terror and helplessness, as we confronted a difficult future that then came to pass, Immigration Equality provided a sympathetic ear and some badly needed sound advice about our options,” said Ray, Immigration Equality’s board chair. "We want to ensure that Immigration Equality never has to turn anyone away, especially as new anti-gay laws make life more dangerous for LGBT people in too many places around the world."

“We're thankful that Immigration Equality helped us stay together," says Juan Carlos. "We keep supporting Immigration Equality because so many LGBT immigrants get lost in the system and really need someone to look out for them."

Every day, we help LGBT people find freedom and safety in the United States. Through our LGBT Asylum Program, we represent hundreds of people fleeing danger in Uganda, Russia, Jamaica and other countries every year.

Your monthly gift saves lives. We win 99% of our asylum cases and leverage your gift into millions of dollars of pro bono legal services.

With anti-gay laws passing in too many places around the world, our pro bono asylum program is operating at its highest volume ever. For 20 years, Immigration Equality has led the fight for LGBT immigrants. With your help, we will continue to be here for LGBT and HIV+ immigrants who call for help.

For more information or to contact us, visit Immigration Equality's main site. Immigration Equality is a registered 501(c)(3) organization (EIN: 13-3802711) and a proud participant in the Combined Federal Campaign (member number 40016). All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.