FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 29, 2016
Jackie Yodashkin, Communications Director
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Immigration Equality Legal Director Aaron C. Morris Will Lead Organization As Executive Director
“He has a deep and abiding commitment to the organization and the clients we serve”
New York, NY — Today, Immigration Equality, the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, announced that the non-profit’s Legal Director Aaron C. Morris will lead the organization as its Executive Director following the departure of Caroline Dessert, who served since 2014.
During her tenure as Executive Director, Dessert raised the organization’s national profile, nearly doubled the number of clients receiving Immigration Equality’s legal services, launched a groundbreaking Pro Se program to provide LGBTQ and HIV-affected immigrants with resources, and led a national advocacy campaign to end the detention of LGBTQ people.
“The Board is grateful to Cara for her passion and service,” said Randy Feuerstein, Immigration Equality’s Board Chair, “the decision to transition leadership was mutual and amicable.”
Feuerstein added, “Aaron is a strong and strategic leader who has been a core member of the Immigration Equality team for years. He has a deep and abiding commitment to the organization and the clients we serve.”
Aaron C. Morris has worked at Immigration Equality since 2008, when he joined the team as a staff attorney. Most recently, he directed Immigration Equality’s law and policy programs, supervising the in-house legal staff and advocating for reform on a national level.
“Having worked very closely with Aaron, I know that he is incredibly committed to the communities Immigration Equality serves and the work the organization does. I am so proud of all of the things we have accomplished at Immigration Equality, and I know that I am leaving the organization in very capable hands,” said Dessert.
Immigration Equality was founded in 1994 to achieve three goals:
- end the HIV immigration and travel ban, which was overturned in 2010;
- expand access to asylum based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a right that was brand new the year the organization was founded; and
- end discrimination against LGBTQ families in the immigration system.
While the organization helped to change the law for those living with HIV and for same-sex binational couples, it continues to strive every day to protect these communities. At the same time, Immigration Equality continues to be committed to its asylum and detention work, serving the most vulnerable people in the LGBTQ community.
Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBT immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Our legal team has won asylum for hundreds of LGBTQ and HIV-affected immigrants while maintaining a 99% success rate.