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Immigration News

June 8, 2016

MA Policy on State PD Enforcing Fed Immigration Policy Would Negatively Impact LGBTQ Immigrants

Statement of Janson Wu, Executive Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that he will authorize state police to engage in federal immigration enforcement raises particular concerns for the LGBTQ community.  Janson Wu, Executive Director of …

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August 24, 2015

Advocates Condemn Plan to Detain Transgender Women at Adelanto

New York, NY —  Today, over 100 national and local LGBTQ, immigrant, and civil rights organizations urged President Obama to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from considering the Adelanto Detention Facility as a center to detain transgender immigrants.

The Adelanto Detention Facility …

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November 21, 2014

President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

Statement of GLAD Deputy Director Janson Wu:

The Executive Order is a historic step forward for immigrants living in the United States. We welcome the opening this provides to millions who will now be able to live and work in dignity and without the fear of deportation. But we are deeply concerned …

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November 21, 2014

President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

The Executive Order is a historic step forward for immigrants living in the United States. We welcome the opening this provides to millions who will now be able to live and work in dignity and without the fear of deportation. But we are deeply concerned about the fact that critical members of the …

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September 16, 2014

Ugandan Gay Activist John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere Granted Asylum in United States

John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed Wambere that his application was recommended for approval, pending a …

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September 16, 2014

Ugandan Gay Activist John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere Granted Asylum in United States

(Boston) John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed …

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June 1, 2014

Ugandan LGBTI Activist John Abdallah Wambere Makes Difficult Decision to Seek Asylum in the U.S.

In recent years, the LGBTI community in Uganda has been under escalating political attack, culminating in the 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law on February 24.  That same day, half-way across the world, John Abdallah Wambere’s phone started buzzing relentlessly.  Wambere was in …

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May 6, 2014

Prominent Ugandan Gay Activist Files for Asylum in United States

(Boston, MA) John Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist who was featured in the documentaries “Call Me Kuchu” and “Missionaries of Hate,” filed for asylum today in the United States. 

Wambere has been an activist for fourteen years, as a co-founder of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, …

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May 6, 2014

Seeking Asylum for Ugandan LGBTI Activist John Abdallah Wambere

This morning GLAD filed an application for asylum on behalf of John Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist. You may be familiar with John’s work, as he has been featured in the documentaries Call me Kuchu and Missionaries of Hate.

John was in Massachusetts raising visibility for his …

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September 3, 2013

Introducing GLAD Answers: Our Updated Legal Information Line

GLAD today unveiled “GLAD Answers”, an updated version of our venerable Legal InfoLine. GLAD Answers is an information and referral service that GLAD has run since our inception, in recent years receiving more than 2,000 inquiries annually from LGBT people and people living with HIV.

The new …

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