Founded by attorneys Lavi Soloway & Noemi Masliah in New York City in 1994, it became clear that LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants were have a different experience in the system. For more than a decade, committed attorneys, supporters and eventually Board members kept this small, non-profit legal practice going.
In 2005 Rachel B. Tiven was hired as Immigration Equality’s first Executive Director. During her tenure the staff grew to twenty, the pro bono network blossomed and major policy victories were achieved, including repealing the HIV travel ban and securing Green Cards for legally married same sex couples.
Today, under the leadership of Executive Director Aaron C. Morris, our caseload continues to surge and we are working on federal, regional, and local policy change. More people than ever before are reaching out to Immigration Equality for qualified, competent legal counsel.