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Dear Friend,

Meet Sasha and Simeon. Sasha is a gay man from Belarus who fled to the United States to escape homophobia and violence. After Sasha’s initial asylum request was rejected, I took his case and fought for him in immigration court.

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for your support helping families like Sasha and Simeon’s!

While waiting for his asylum case to be decided, Sasha met Simeon, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jamaica. The two fell in love and got married in October 2013. Together, the couple began raising Simeon’s two younger brothers.

I then represented the couple at their spousal petition interview; their petition was approved and Sasha received his green card in August of 2015! Legalizing Sasha’s status has allowed him to be with his new family and stay safely in the United States. It has also given him the chance to pursue a career in medical diagnostics. In his free time, Sasha generously volunteers at Immigration Equality as an interpreter.

“We are incredibly grateful to Immigration Equality for everything they did to keep Sasha safe and to keep our family together.” – Simeon

On behalf of all of us at Immigration Equality, I wish you and yours a happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.


Pamela Denzer
Client Programs Director, Immigration Equality