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Tamara, proud asylum winner from Jamaica.

“It wasn’t just my fate being determined, it was my fiancée’s fate too. Immigration Equality helped save our lives and keep our family together.”

Tamara came to the United States on a student visa to pursue a degree in International Relations. On campus, she came out as a lesbian and began advocating for LGBT students. Word of Tamara’s coming out made it back to her home country of Jamaica, where being gay is criminalized and fundamentally unsafe.

Tamara was afraid to return home, and in jeopardy of losing her visa. Fortunately, a former Immigration Equality client told Tamara about our work. She called, we took her asylum case, and won!

Tamara is just one of more than 120 LGBT and HIV-affected immigrants whose lives were saved because of Immigration Equality’s free legal services this year.

Tamara now has a great job at a notable financial firm, and is a proud advocate for Immigration Equality. She and her fiancée are safe and happy and thankful. They are currently planning their wedding, coming this spring.

Donate today and your contribution will help ensure that LGBT immigrants fleeing violence and persecution have a fair opportunity to find a safe place to call home.

Thank you for being a champion for our community. We wish you health and happiness this holiday season!


Caroline Dessert
Executive Director, Immigration Equality

P.S. Representation by an Immigration Equality attorney increases the chances of an immigrant in deportation winning asylum by 750%. Please donate today to ensure our brothers and sisters get the help they desperately need to find a life free of fear and persecution.