Asylum & Immigration: Overview

NCLR’s Asylum & Immigration Project began in 1994 and has made significant legal gains and secured major victories for LGBT asylum seekers and immigrants.

During the mid-1990s, NCLR recognized the needs of LGBT people attempting to immigrate to the U.S. or to simply stay here with their families or partners. The Asylum & Immigration Project has proved invaluable to our clients and our community as immigration policy and reform—as well as LGBT issues—have come to the forefront of our nation’s discourse.

NCLR is committed to helping LGBT asylum seekers and immigrants overcome hurdles, including providing:

  • Free legal assistance to thousands of LGBT asylum seekers and immigrants
  • Direct representation of LGBT immigrants in impact cases and individual asylum cases
  • Assistance to private attorneys representing LGBT asylum seekers and immigrants in their proceedings before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, Federal Courts of Appeal, and U.S. Supreme Court
  • Immigration policy reform that pushes for inclusion of LGBT partners in petitioning for U.S. citizenship, including helping to draft the Uniting American Families Act

Informing the legal profession through extensive publications and studies involving LGBT immigration and asylum law