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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Shinegerel

STATUS: Victory, Mongolia

NCLR helped a lesbian woman from Mongolia obtain asylum after she suffered severe abuse, interrogation, and threats of incarceration in her home country

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Healthcare

Case: Scheidler v. NOW

STATUS: Loss, U.S.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) filed a lawsuit alleging that anti-abortion protesters had engaged in a nationwide conspiracy to shut down abortion clinics through “a pattern of racketeering activity.” NCLR joined an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court supporting NOW’s argument. The amicus brief was authored by NARAL Pro-Choice America and the…

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Additional Civil Rights

Case: Ramirez v. Los Angeles Unified School District

STATUS: Victory, Florida

NCLR and the ACLU of Southern California filed suit against the Los Angeles Unified School District and Washington Preparatory High School for discriminating against students based on their sexual orientation

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Youth

Case: Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board

STATUS: Victory, Florida

NCLR issued a demand letter insisting the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board retract their statement that gay-affirming organizations endorse unhealthy sexual practices among youth

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Family & Relationships

Case: In re Parentage of L.B.

STATUS: Victory, Washington

NCLR filed an amicus brief in support of Page Britain, a lesbian woman whose long-time partner cut off all ties between Britain and her child after the couple separated

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: Martinez v. Holder

STATUS: Loss, Guatemala

Saul Martinez is a gay man from Guatemala who was beaten, sexually assaulted, and threatened by Guatemalan Congressman and repeatedly harassed by the Guatemalan police because of his sexual orientation. He fled to the United States and applied for asylum. However, in 1992, when he initially applied for asylum without an attorney, the U.S. had not yet recognized sexual orientation as a ground for asylum.

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Transgender Law

Case: Mariah L. v. Administration for Children’s Services

STATUS: Loss, New York

Mariah L. is a 20-year-old transgender woman who is in foster care in New York City. Mariah’s doctors have all agreed that sex reassignment surgery is medically necessary for her. In New York, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) has a duty to provide and pay for all necessary medical care and treatment for children…

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Family & Relationships

Case: Margaret K. v. Janice M.

STATUS: Loss, Maryland

Janice M. adopted a daughter from India and raised the child with her partner Margaret K. After the couple split, Margaret was denied visitation with her daughter, and NCLR filed an amicus in support of Margaret as a non-adoptive parent.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Lewis v. Harris

STATUS: Victory, New Jersey

NCLR filed an amicus brief in support of seven same-sex couples who filed suit alleging that New Jersey’s marriage law violated the New Jersey Constitution’s guarantees of equality and liberty

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Additional Civil Rights

Case: Lessik and Manzon-Santos v. East Bay Iceland, Inc.

STATUS: Victory, Califronia

Represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Amy Todd and Tamara Fisher of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, John Manzon-Santos and Alan Lessik, who are both award-winning amateur figure skaters and were training for the 2006 Gay Games, filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court seeking redress for sexual orientation discrimination under…

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