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In the few weeks I’ve spent at our national headquarters in New York City, I’ve gotten used to the perpetual buzz of our office. Clients come and go, and the phones ring from sunup to sundown. What I am still not used to is the immensity of our clients’ gratitude.

Last week, I received an email from Denise Chambers, a transgender woman from Trinidad, who waited five years to win asylum. When Denise is in our office, everything seems brighter. I was so moved by her message that I wanted to share it with all of you.

I hope you will read her story and donate to our legal work today, so we can keep fighting for the Denises of our world.

They deserve a safe place to call home.

Caroline Dessert
Executive Director


I’m writing to thank some very special people who helped me win asylum on October 21, after almost five years of waiting: Aaron Morris and the entire staff at Immigration Equality.

They are a force to be reckoned with.

The moment we met, they told me that the task ahead would not be easy, but that with diligence, truth, patience, and time, we could accomplish what seemed impossible.

I am now forever in your debt and I will do everything in my power to let the world know about your hard work and dedication.

To everyone at Immigration Equality who in one way or another has contributed to the success of so many of us transgender women and gay men, I say on behalf of us, “Thank you!”

In a good book, we yearn to discover what happens in the next chapter, and we anticipate the end of one chapter as we delve into another. During my five years of waiting for a grant of asylum, this was not always the case. There were times when I dreaded what was to come.

But now, thanks to the support of Immigration Equality, I cannot wait to begin this new chapter.

I say again… Thank you, and God’s blessings to you all,

Denise Chambers
Asylum winner from Trinidad