Today, Lambda Legal and The Center for HIV Law & Policy (CHLP) announced that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has reversed an Immigration Judge's ruling that denied a Jamaican immigrant's application for protection under the U.N. Convention Against Torture (CAT) against being sent to Jamaica, and remanded the case back to the immigration court for further review.
"How do you prove to a judge that you are gay?" says Senior Staff Attorney Thomas W. Ude, Jr. "Denying protection against torture in Jamaica based on stereotyped assumptions about the process of coming out is unjust."
Lambda Legal, en colaboración con otras 10 organizaciones que trabajan con las comunidades LGBT, emitió una serie de hojas informativas para proporcionar orientación a las parejas del mismo sexo y sus familias que intentan acceder los derechos, beneficios y protecciones federales.
Some people within our community feel that resources and attention are disproportionately directed towards marriage equality, perhaps at the expense of transgender rights, immigrant rights or poor people’s rights—all communities that fall under our LGBT umbrella.
The Supreme Court was unequivocal in its statement of the equality of married same-sex couples when it struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in its United States v. Windsor decision.
Considering the historic moment for both immigrants and LGBT people, and the huge role that immigrants play in Illinois, it’s important to harness the power that is possible when both communities come together.