LGBT/Queer Immigrant Help

Posted: February 18, 2017 in Fight Back, For your information, knowledge is power, Our Stories

Of the 11 million undocumented people in the United States, more than 267,000 identify as LGBTQ; individuals who fled their home countries to escape persecution and torture. Instead of finding safety, LGBTQ immigrants are placed in dangerous detention facilities where they wait anywhere from weeks to months to see a judge who will decide their fate. Most of the sites have links to other groups that are working on behalf of our LGBTQ people. Of course this is not a full listing of all groups working in the US at this time.

Here are a few organizations that are out there to help any and all immigrants who may need it.

One of our favorites based in LA is Famila Trans/Queer Liberation. They are found at HERE

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (Familia: TQLM) is the only national organization that addresses, organizes, educates, and advocates for the issues most important to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and Latino communities. Familia: TQLM is inclusive and serves of all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. We also collaborate with non-LGBTQ families and friends who support our vision of a united LGBTQ Latino and Latina community.

We are committed to the collective liberation of trans, queer, and gender nonconforming Latinxs to build power and (re)imagine our communities free from oppression. We seek to abolish the systems that marginalize, criminalize, imprison, and kill our people. We are building on the legacy of racial justice and liberation movements.


Bills itself as the Nations Leading Immigrant Rights Organization. What attracts us to this page is

President Trump Executive Orders
Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that immigration policy is changing frequently. Check back to these FAQs periodically for important updates. (Last update February 14, 2017)

A person who needs it can also get free expert legal services from our team or a member of our nationwide pro bono law firm network.

In the Chicago area anyone with questions can contact ALMA, The Association of Latinos/as Motiving Action. They say about their group: The LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition of Chicago is collaboration between organizations serving the primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, and institutions advocating for immigrant rights. The members of the coalition collaborate to support immigrant rights organizing, public policy advocacy, and resource-gathering through collaboration; engage the LGBT community in immigrant rights work; and increase the visibility of LGBTQ people affected by immigration policy for the media, legislators, and the general public.


The Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a program of United We Dream seeks to organize and empower Undocumented Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer immigrants, LGBTQ immigrants and allies to address social and systemic barriers that affect themselves and the broader LGBTQ & immigrant community.

QUIP’s vision is to transform the immigrant and LGBTQ movements, to adopt an intersectional analysis in their efforts to advance and build power for the rights of both communities. Through QUIP’s work we hope to shift the consciousness and public opinion of immigrants and LGBTQ communities that result in collaboration and embracement towards each other. United We Dream has 5 things you should know about Trans and Queers in Detention which has this to say: The Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, a program of United We Dream, is committed to a #BoldBroadInclusive effort for the President to act on behalf of all immigrant communities. Detention and deportations are a harm the entire community, and this is especially true for those who fall under the Risk Classification Assessment (RCA), which include pregnant women, HIV+ people, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and chronic illness. See HERE.

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Lambda Legal


We fight for humane immigration reform that is inclusive of LGBT people, raise awareness about the experiences and legal needs of LGBT immigrant communities and oppose immigration enforcement that deprives LGBT immigrants of dignity and justice. Lambda Legal will continue to represent LGBT immigrants fleeing persecution in their home countries; to challenge the abuse and sexual assault of LGBT and immigrants living with HIV in detention; and to educate diverse LGBT immigrant communities about their rights.

Latino Outreach

Proyecto Igualdad is Lambda Legal’s outreach and education effort in the Latino community. Join the fight for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and those living with HIV. If you need bilingual materials or you would like to organize an event or training in your community, in English or Spanish, get in touch with us. If you are looking for legal help, please contact our Help Desk.

Transgender Rights

Transgender people suffer persistent inequalities in aspects of life that intersect with all of Lambda Legal’s issue area priorities. Transgender people experience rampant workplace discrimination, may be met with challenges to their parental relationships, lack sufficient access to quality healthcare free from discrimination and face difficulties in obtaining appropriate name and gender designations on their identity documents. Lambda Legal expands and defends protections for transgender people under federal, state and local laws and other policies.
Immigration Fact sheet found HERE.
Recently, significant attention has been paid to the societal contributions of many undocumented people. Nevertheless, gross inequities in our immigration system disproportionately harm LGBT and HIV-affected people, documented or otherwise, and their families.
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American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU has put together a Know Your Rights Page found HERE.

They say, With discrimination against Muslims on the rise we have put together printable cards that highlight your rights. These cards can be printed and carried in your wallet. These cards are written in Arabic, Farsi, Dahasa Indonesian and Urdu.

Also on the page is a video in the same languages, What to do when faced with anti-Muslim Discrimination.

Printable cards What to do if you are an immigrant stopped by law enforcement agents. These are written in a host of languages.

Visit the page know your rights and tell others.

If you are in Connecticut and need assistance go to HERE.

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Immigration issues are sure to appear prominently in election coverage, but the intersections with LGBT issues are often ignored. According to the Williams Institute at UCLA, there are an estimated 267,000 undocumented people who identify as LGBT. Yet, stories about LGBT immigrants are often not included in general coverage about immigration. Additionally, many U.S. born LGBT people have documented and undocumented family members, partners, or friends and are therefore impacted by the decisions made regarding immigration policy. For more go to HERE

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National Immigrant Justice Center


NIJC’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative provides legal services to low-income immigrants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) and those who are living with HIV.

Please note the following limitations on our services:

  1. Income: NIJC serves low-income immigrants.  If your income exceeds our guidelines, we will refer you to a private attorney in your region.
  2. Geography: Our direct representation work is limited to the Midwest, mostly those appearing before the Chicago immigration courts.  This limitation does not apply to detained individuals or those seeking assistance with an appeal.
  3. Fees: In most cases, we charge a fee for case screening.  Once we accept your case, the cost depends on the kind of services you need and your ability to pay (asylum representation is free). If you are concerned that you will be unable to pay for our services, you can raise those concerns during your initial consultation.

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NOT1More Deportation is a campaign made of individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.

As the immigration debate continues, #Not1More enters the discussion from the place that touches people in concrete ways and can offer tangible relief. By collectively challenging unfair deportations and unjust policy through organizing, art, legislation, and action, we aim to reverse criminalization, build migrant power, and create immigration policies based on principles of inclusion.
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Organizations listed that provide help to LGBT asylum seekers. Go to HERE.
The LGBT Freedom and Asylum Network (LGBT-FAN) is a national coalition dedicated to helping people who are seeking safety in the United States because of persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity in their home countries.

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)

qdep-logo-no-textThe Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is a collective Alternative to Detention (ATD), detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ detainees and their families currently in detention centers, those that are recently released from detention centers, and undocumented folks in New York City. QDEP also runs an information hotline (see below).

  • Hotline: 347.645.9339 (Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
  • Address: 252 Java Street, #237, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Email:
  • Notes: Se Habla Español.  Nous parlons français.


The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. With a committed board of directors, a volunteer staff of one, and donated office space, we set out to accomplish what no one had yet done: provide a powerful transgender advocacy presence in Washington, D.C.

Today, NCTE has grown to a staff of 14 and works at the local, state, and federal level to change laws, policies and society. Download NCTE’s brochure here.

Check them out HERE.

Other organizations:

Ct. Immigrant Rights Alliance  (CIRA)

Refugee and Immigrant Services

There are five major organizations/agencies in Connecticut that provide services to refugees and immigrants who are new to the United States. These organizations provide a variety of services and resources to refugees and immigrants to help them become self-sufficient.

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Populations Served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors.

Unidad Latina en Accion

We are a grassroots social justice organization made up of immigrants in the Greater New Haven area since 2002. Many of us have suffered human rights abuses on the job and in the immigration system. We come together to address human rights abuses in our community and take action.

ULA is a leading member of the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, a statewide coalition including immigrant, faith, labor, civil rights and human service organizations.

ULA also participates actively in the Not One More Deportation movement.


IRIS stands with Americans across the country in support of refugees and in strong opposition to the Executive Order issued January 27, 2017.

Today’s Executive Order is in direct opposition to the core American value of welcoming persecuted people to the United States to start their lives again in safety and peace. In a sweeping action, President Trump suspended the refugee resettlement program for 120 days, suspended resettlement of Syrians for an indefinite time, prioritized the resettlement of religious minorities, and drastically reduced the number of refugees to be admitted this fiscal year from 110,000 to 50,000.

These un-American actions send a message to all nations that we are turning our back on the 25 million persecuted men, women, and children in the world. The Executive Order decimates U.S. international leadership on human rights.

Founded in 1983, The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) leads one of the nation’s longest-standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy. LAWG and its sister organization, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, work with over 50 major religious, humanitarian, grassroots, labor, environmental and human rights organizations to influence decision makers in Washington DC. LAWG is a trusted voice in Congress.  We have guided our nation’s representatives to change U.S. policies towards Latin America and promote human rights, justice, peace and sustainable development throughout the region.  For more INFORMATION.

Ct. Students for a Dream

Connecticut Students for a DREAM is a statewide organization of DREAMers and allies that seeks to empower undocumented students and their families by advocating for their rights and raising awareness about the issues they face.

Our statewide network seeks to accomplish three main goals:
Empower, Educate, Advocate

We promote equal access to higher education and work toward a more just society where undocumented immigrants are not discriminated against because of their status, exercise self-determination, and achieve their full potential.

If you would like to get involved, and/or have any questions, please email us at:


 Articles on The Dreamers and the DACA

Go to HERE for updated information.

Milapros Immigration Law: We create an immigration plan for you, your business and your family. We provide personal legal services to Immigrants, their families, and the community. Creamos una carta de navegacion para usted, su empresa y familia.   Info HERE.

Center for Latino Progress:


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