Today marks the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. In the midst of Pride month, we honor the 49 lives taken in this unspeakable tragedy for the LGBTQ community.
When we learned that many of those affected by the shooting were also immigrants, Immigration Equality partnered with the American Immigration Lawyers Association of Florida to create Immigrant Action Orlando. For the last two years, we have worked together to ensure that anyone connected to the tragedy gets free legal assistance. This February, in cooperation with the government of the City of Orlando, through a program made possible by a grant from Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation, a team from Immigration Equality traveled to Orlando and met with survivors and the families of those who were killed. Every day they live with the consequences of this act of violence, and every day we recommit to providing them with the help they deserve.
Today, we remember those lost too soon and honor them by celebrating queer immigrants from around the world — the people who enrich our lives, and who make our communities stronger.
Aaron C. Morris
Executive Director, Immigration Equality