In the 1970s, my mom and her parents fled the Soviet Union as religious refugees. To this day, they credit several nonprofits with saving their lives and enabling them to build a future for our family in the U.S.
That’s why I am so proud to work at Immigration Equality! Every day, LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants walk through our doors seeking that same opportunity to live safely.
Because of you, we are able to provide lifesaving legal services to hundreds of people. But, as Russia and other former Soviet countries adopt anti-LGBTQ laws and foster anti-queer sentiment, the need for Immigration Equality’s services continues to grow.
With your support, we can help more immigrants like Boris, a gay man from Russia who is living with HIV. As a young man, Boris’s parents forced him to undergo conversion therapy. After being attacked by homophobes, he asked the police for help, but they refused. They said that Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda Law forbid it.
Boris fled Russia and quickly found Immigration Equality. In April of 2016 he was granted asylum. Now, like my family, Boris has the security of knowing he can live and love safely in the U.S. When I met with him a few days after we secured his asylum, Boris told me “I feel so relieved. In America there are a large number of opportunities. It is up to me now to seize them! Thank goodness for Immigration Equality.”
We will keep fighting for immigrants like Boris every day. Will you help? Please make a donation today so that we can ensure that LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants don’t have to fight for their lives alone.