My Unconventional Love Story

By Carla Francisco, Immigration Equality client

Since the first day I met my wife, Cecily, we’ve been inseparable.  

We fell in love when she was in a U.S. Navy training program, visiting St. Maarten on vacation. At the time, she was awaiting active duty deployment in Japan, so after she left, I feared I would never see her again.

It’s dangerous to be a lesbian in St. Maarten, and it’s illegal for us to marry there. I had few options for reuniting with Cecily in the U.S. before it was too late. Read more >> 

25 Years of Hope

A Letter from Aaron C. Morris, Executive Director

This year, Immigration Equality celebrates an exciting milestone: 25 years of victories! And I’m so grateful I’ve had the opportunity to serve the LGBTQ and HIV-positive community here for half of those years. It is a big honor to give our clients the gift of hope every day—to protect their families, to help them find safe haven from persecution, and to support them in living out their dreams.

Through it all, I have seen this organization’s determination to fight for individuals and force systemic change, and that’s how I know this is just the beginning of another 25 years of life-saving work for us.  Read more >> 

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We just Sued the State Department

Lawsuit Targets Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples

On September 12, Immigration Equality and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department for refusing to recognize the birthright citizenship of Adiel and Roee Kiviti’s six-month old daughter, Kessem. The U.S. government does not recognize Adiel and Roee’s marriage and is treating Kessem as though she was born out of wedlock.  Read more >>


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