In July 2013, Immigration Equality and the American Immigration Council co-authored a practice advisory “Immigration Benefits and Pitfalls for LGBT Families in a Post-DOMA World” which gives practical advice to practitioners navigating the new legal issues raised in family immigration by the fall of DOMA. The Advisory has been updated twice to keep up with Agency guidance, and the most recent version is available here.
In February 2011, Immigration Equality prepared a practice advisory for the Vera Institute entitled Seeking Asylum for LGBT Children and Youth. It is designed for lawyers working with this vulnerable population.
After the Department of Justice announcement that it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court, Immigration Equality and the American Immigration Lawyers Association issued a practice advisory entitled What does the Department of Justice Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Announcement Mean for Immigration Cases? The advisory is available with permission of AILA on our website with all rights reserved.
In June 2011, Immigration Equality and the American Immigration Council recently co-authored a practice advisory entitled Protecting and Preserving the Rights of LGBT Families: DOMA, Dorman, and Immigration Strategies. The advisory helps lawyers to consider strategies in cases involving married binational couples.
Following several announcements by DHS about the use of prosecutorial discretion in low priority removal proceedings, Immigration Equality, in conjunction with the LGBT Working Group of the American Immigration Lawyers Association wrote a practice advisory entitled Practice Pointer: LGBT Families and Prosecutorial Discretion. The advisory is available with the permission of AILA on our website with all rights reserved.