Presently the notion of freedom is far beyond the reach for too many LGBTQIA+ immigrants. Although there’s a lot that we’ve achieved, we are still dealing with a system that refuses to treat us fairly. LGBTQIA+ immigrants are still excluded in most of the narratives and conversations, even though they are one of most affected by these inequalities on a daily basis.
While there has been significant progress towards equality and liberation for our community in recent years, there is still a long road ahead, as folks continue facing various forms of exclusion. QDEP is working so hard to eliminate discrimination, to #FreeThemAll from ICE detention, to advocate for equality and policy changes in the immigration laws, and to demand the protection of LGBTQ+ immigrants and asylum seekers. Many of our members are undocumented, which makes it difficult to find a job, and as a result they struggle to meet their basic needs.
Through QDEP’s Community Organizing Program we work to strategically create forms of advocacy and political education to inform others who are not part of the immigrant queer liberation movement of the injustices that are still going on, and to empower LGBTQIA+ immigrants to become leaders of change in their communities. Since Covid-19 started we have successfully advocated for and supported the release of over 200 LGBTQ+ immigrants from ICE detention and across the US/Mexico border. Out of that number we have welcomed over 100 of them to New York City and New Jersey where we have continued to support them through our Direct Services Program: providing access to health care, community support, legal representation, and resources for LGBTQIA+ immigrants to start their new lives in the USA.
QDEP invites you to make a change in LGBTQIA+ immigrants lives by donating to our fundraising campaign. If you cannot donate, please consider sharing this fundraiser with your networks and friends. Your donations will go towards:
Providing commissary funds to members in immigration detention
Grocery support to those living in NY
Monthly Unlimited Metrocards
Remember: WE ARE STRONGER WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER!
DISCLAIMER: All donated funds will be used to support direct service initiatives for persons recently released from detention and the amounts in the boxes signify current costs but do not imply that each donation will be used to purchase the specific item.