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LGBT immigrant activists will join the #Not1More: Stop Deportations action in front of the White House on Tuesday, April 29th
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender asylum seekers, deportation can have life threatening consequences. Immigration Equality will join the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON), DRM Action Coalition, Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and a number of our partner organizations to urge President Obama to exercise his authority and provide immediate deportation relief for our families.
Who: Fernanda, an undocumented, transgender Honduran, and client of Immigration Equality in the process of seeking asylum, will share her story. She has faced unimaginable violence in Honduras because of her gender identity and faces the imminent risk of being deported. If deported, Fernanda will be sent back to the same place where she barely survived countless assaults.
What: #Not1More Queer & Trans Person #Deported2Death PRESS CONFERENCE
When: Tuesday, April 29th Starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. EST
Where: Facing the White House at Lafayette Park – Washington, DC
Why: LGBT people facing violence and persecution abroad flee to the United States to find safety. Getting sent back to a place where you will face grave danger because of your sexual orientation or gender identity is inhumane, and stands in contradiction to President Obama’s position on the protection of LGBT people from discrimination and violence internationally. LGBT people facing deportation and asylum seekers need deportation relief now.
Details: Press conference starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. EST. Day of activities begin at 10:30 a.m. EST and camp-out continues until 6:00 p.m. EST at same location.
Fernanda’s testimony exemplifies how high the stakes are for LGBT immigrants seeking safety in the U.S. If deported, she would be forced to once again face the same abusers that caused her to flee Honduras. Instead of causing the hardship of being separated from the place they call home and deporting vulnerable people to high-risks of violence and discrimination, LGBT organizations call on President Obama to halt deportations and expand immediate relief. For LGBT immigrants, deportation can truly be a death sentence.
Since 1994, Immigration Equality has been representing LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers, detainees, and binational couples, who are fighting for safety, fair treatment, and freedom. Immigration Equality represents people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV status. Our team of legal experts has won asylum for more than 500 LGBT and HIV-positive individuals.
The Not 1 More Deportation campaign is a project of NDLON, meant to foster collaboration between individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.
SONG is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. We build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LBGTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. We see immigrant justice as interconnected to broader criminalization issues our communities face, and seek to build alliances across communities to strengthen our movements for social justice.