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2016 has gotten off to a busy — and successful — start! Through our partnership with the Immigrant Justice Corps, we have three exceptional recent law graduates on our team, helping to serve those in our community who need us the most. Here’s what they’ve been up to:

  • Last week, IJC Fellow Scott Coomes won asylum for Andrew, a gay man who suffered severe trauma in Russia. Andrew had been waiting for over three years to have his day in court, and with Scott’s hard work and training, was able to win his case!
  • Also last week, IJC Fellow Laura Rodriguez won asylum for Chelo, a detained transgender man who fled Mexico after being assaulted and receiving death threats. Chelo had been in detention for nearly two years, but is now safely home with his friends and family.
  • In another win for Immigration Equality’s legal services program, IJC Fellow Palmer Lawrence won deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture — a rare form of immigration relief granted in only about 1 – 2 % of cases — for Monica, a lesbian from Trinidad. Monica was released from detention and experienced her first moment of freedom since 2009!

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide direct legal services to more immigrants than ever before in 2015, all while maintaining our 99% win rate. And we plan to grow to serve even more immigrants in 2016! Please consider making a donation to support these lifesaving services. Together, we can give LGBT and HIV-affected immigrants a safe place to call home.


Aaron C. Morris
Legal Director, Immigration Equality