Immigration Equality

Brooklyn, NY   |  www.immigrationequality.org

Mission

Immigration Equality is the nation's leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Mr. Aaron C. Morris

Main address

594 Dean Street

Brooklyn, NY 11238 USA

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EIN

13-3802711

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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In over 70 countries, it is a crime or fundamentally unsafe to be LGBTQ or HIV-positive. Individuals face violence, prison time, or the death penalty due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. To escape grave danger, many queer, trans, and HIV-positive people seek protection by applying for asylum in the United States. After they arrive, they confront countless barriers to securing safe haven, including perilous conditions in immigration detention facilities and difficulty navigating the complex asylum process.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Direct Legal Services

The Immigration Equality in-house legal team takes on the most legally complex cases. These include the cases of individuals in detention, those with criminal records, people living with physical or mental health challenges, and immigrants with unstable housing. Currently, we represent almost 700 clients through pro bono counsel as mentored and supervised by Immigration Equality.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
People with HIV/AIDS

Because we represent more than 600 immigrants in any given year, we spot patterns and trends that no one else sees. These issues fuel our policy initiatives. To be effective, our advocacy team has established robust relationships with key members of Congress, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. We have recently made inroads to the Centers for Disease Control and the Justice Department. We have also cultivated alliances with some of the nation’s leading advocacy groups to strengthen our effectiveness.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
People with HIV/AIDS

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total revenue earned to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people, People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

Direct Legal Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people, People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

Direct Legal Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people, People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

Direct Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The reduction is due to our program reaching capacity and many of our cases being in lengthy backlog.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people, People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

Direct Legal Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Value of pro bono hours contributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people, People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

Direct Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Immigration Equality envisions a future where LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants are celebrated for making our country stronger. We are committed to transforming our country into a place where they enjoy safe haven from persecution, freedom to live openly as their full selves, and equality for themselves and their families.

We protect and advocate for LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants and families in the following ways:

Direct Legal Services: The biggest factor in whether someone wins asylum is whether they have high-quality legal representation. For that reason, Immigration Equality provides free legal services to LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers.

Policy Advocacy: We work in coalitions to advance bills that serve our clients, and educate policymakers on the particular dangers that queer, trans, and HIV-positive individuals face. Our client-advocates frequently share their powerful personal stories before members of Congress to drive home the real-world impact of laws and policies.

Impact Litigation: We seek to change discriminatory policies affecting LGBTQ and HIV-positive people. We sued the U.S. State Department on behalf of four same-sex couples—including two bi-national couples—whose children were denied U.S. citizenship from birth. Through these cases, we aim to change an unlawful and unconstitutional U.S. State Department policy that discriminates against queer families.

Each year, we connect over 600 individuals with pro bono attorneys, and our staff trains and works with those lawyers to help their clients. Our in-house attorneys and large pro-bono network have won asylum for over 1,200 individuals. Asylum seekers can call our attorneys directly to get legal advice, resources, or obtain representation. Each month, we receive over 400 calls from people in detention, and the need continues to grow.

As the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, we are uniquely positioned to empower this community to create the social change they deserve. From our deep well of clients, we find the activists and agitators to demand that people in power protect and defend human rights. We work with fellow nonprofits, members of Congress, and government agencies to ensure the lived experiences of our clients inspire and inform policies that advance their rights. When the government fails to treat our community equally, we challenge the administration in court, using our legal expertise to win sweeping change for queer, transgender, and HIV-positive immigrants and families.

Over the past 25 years, our legal team has won asylum for more than 1,100 LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants, all the while maintaining a 99% success rate. Each year, we answer more than 3,500 calls on our legal help hotline and represent more than 600 individual litigants on average. As the political landscape and needs of our communities have changed, we’ve been nimble and quick to adapt to better serve our clients. In 2019, we launched a toll-free detention hotline, and in just 5 months, we received over 1,500 calls from detained individuals seeking help with their cases. For the vast majority of these callers, we provided free advice and supportive documents so they could successfully represent themselves before an immigration judge.

With more than 620 current clients, our caseload is at a near-high in our 25-year history. Right now, we’re helping as many people who make it through the border barricade as we can. Each LGBTQ refugee who is granted asylum through our free legal services is given the hope to live as their true self in safety and freedom. At the same time, we partner with pro bono counsel to bring high-profile cases against harmful administration policies. We currently have four open cases against the U.S. State Department on behalf of same-sex couples whose children have been denied citizenship, which we will champion until we change the government’s discriminatory policy.

The need for Immigration Equality’s legal expertise is consistently high, particularly when the Trump administration routinely rolls out anti-immigrant policies. We are uniquely positioned to defend and advance the rights of our community. Time and time again, we demonstrate that a small team of dedicated people can create positive changes for individuals, for families, and for the entire LGBTQ community. Looking ahead to the next 25 years, Immigration Equality will continue to give hope to those who most need it.

Financials

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Immigration Equality

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Randy Feuerstein

Jennifer Colyer

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Randy Feuerstein

Alan Flippen

Mount Sinai Health System

Jessica Klein

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Navin Mangliani

New York University

David Mooney

Casement Capital Management, LP

Albert Chen

Blackstone

Brian King

Marriott International

Dorian Needham

Oscar Health

Fadi Hanna

Bloomberg LP

Leone Kraus

Global Strategy Group

Tanisha Massie

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Simba Machona

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Shanti Sadtler Conway

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Oliver Anene

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ilon Rincon Portas

Kaplan, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes