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Queer Detainee Empowerment Project - a project of CTA

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project - a project of CTA

About Us

The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Transformative Action, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by governing laws.

The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project assists people who are coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services. We work to organize around the structural barriers and state violence that LGBTQI detainee/undocumented people face related to their immigration status, race, sexuality, and gender expression/ identity.

We are committed to assisting individuals in building lives outside of detention, to breaking down the barriers that prevent folks from building fulfilling and strong lives, and to keeping queer families together by demanding an end to deportations/ detention/ policing. We believe in creating a narrative of thriving, not just surviving.

Our Mission

The 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 persons in New York City.

Our Vision

QDEP works to create a world where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ detainees/undocumented/immigrant individuals can pursue what their own vision and dreams of success is in their lives without fear of structural violence or violence due to their race, status, sexual orientation and or Gender Identity/Gender Expression.

QDEP is a proud member of the Detention Watch Network, as well as the International Detention Coalition. And is a member of the Close Rikers Campaign, Hate- Free Zones Campaign & National Prison Divestment Campaign Steering Committee. We work to build a trans and queer narrative and to queering the dialog and work in the immigration justice and abolition movement.


We Care About

Community Advocacy
Social Justice

Contact Information

Andrew Fuys