Every year on December first, we remember and honor those we lost too soon to HIV and AIDS.
Today, 22% of our clients are living with HIV. They are people like Marie and her husband, who are from Nigeria. For many years they were forced to keep their HIV status secret because HIV was lethally stigmatized in their village. When Marie’s husband became visibly ill, she feared that her family would be attacked and killed. Finding no other options, Marie hid three of her children with family. Then, she, her husband, and their baby fled.
With Immigration Equality’s help, Marie was granted asylum this summer, and we are continuing to fight for her remaining children in Nigeria to be reunited with their family.
Though there may be challenging times ahead of us, we will never stop fighting for LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants and families.
Aaron C. Morris
Executive Director, Immigration Equality