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Nation’s Leading LGBTQ Advocacy Organizations Respond to Senate Judiciary Committee Failure to Consider UAFA

This statement can be attributed to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLAAD, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, United We Dream and Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, Lambda Legal, Equality Federation and the National Center for Transgender Equality. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to passing compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform that will provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented men, women and children living in our country, including at...

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NCLR Responds to Introduction of Federal Immigration Reform Legislation

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, April 17, 2013)— Today, a bipartisan group of Senators who have been working on a plan to fix the current broken U.S. immigration system released their long-awaited proposal for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The bill, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, presents a massive overhaul to many aspects of our current approach to immigration. The plan provides a...

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On National Immigration Day of Action, Nation’s Leading LGBTQ Advocacy Organizations Stand in Solidarity for Immigration Reform

“LGBTQ people are immigrants and immigration is an LGBTQ issue” (Washington, D.C., April 10, 2013)—Today, national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organizations join local, state, and national immigration, civil rights, and LGBTQ groups and advocates marching for justice for all immigrants on National Immigration Day of Action. Standing in solidarity with the immigration movement in calling on Congress to do the right thing and pass fair and humane comprehensive...

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In re S.H.

S.H. is a lesbian from Bosnia who came to the United States in 2006 to escape the oppressive and abusive conditions she faced because of her sexual orientation in her home country. While vacationing with her girlfriend in another town, a group of men found out that they were lesbians and raped them. The police initially took a report but later that night told the two women that they had to leave town. The police blamed the women for the assault and accused them of trying to cause problems in a...

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NCLR Calls on Congress for Immigration Equality for Families

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation Must Include Protections for Binational Couples among The Family Unity Provisions (Washington, D.C., July 15, 2010)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights joined a coalition of organizations and leaders calling on Congress to insist that the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) be included in comprehensive immigration reform legislation going forward. This approach is consistent with the Senate framework announced on April 29, 2010 by...

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LGBT, Immigration, Civil Rights and Faith Groups Praise Congress for United Effort to End Discrimination Against Lesbian & Gay Binational Families

(Washington, D.C., July 15, 2010)—A coalition of organizations and leaders from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), immigrants’ rights, civil rights and faith communities issued the following statement today as Members of Congress gathered on Capitol Hill to call for passage of immigration reform legislation that ends discrimination against LGBTQ binational families: Today, key Congressional leaders joined forces on Capitol Hill to call on their colleagues to support passage of...

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President Bush Signs Legislation to End Statutory Ban on HIV-Positive Immigrants

A Statement from Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, California, October 30, 2009) — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) praised President Obama’s announcement today that a final rule repealing the ban on entry to the United States by people with HIV will be published on Monday, November 2. The repeal will take effect in early January, 2010. Statement from Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights: “The ban on entry by HIV-positive...

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National Center for Lesbian Rights Immigration Project Director Noemi Calonje Honored by Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club

(San Francisco, California, October 16, 2009) — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today announced that the Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club will honor NCLR Immigration Project Director Noemi Calonje with their Legal Services Award, which is presented to individuals who build and protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community. Calonje will be presented with the award at the Club’s annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 pm at the Infusion...

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In re N.A.

N.A. is a young gay man from Saudi Arabia, who lived his life in fear that others would discover his sexual orientation. He knew that gay men were often detained by police, tortured and killed‚ and he also knew that his family would disapprove or even turn him in to the police if they found out about his sexual orientation. As a result, he often hid his feelings towards men, fearing the repercussions. Growing up, it was very difficult for him to accept his sexual orientation while he was...

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