Working Group on Immigrants Rights

Working Group on Immigrants Rights

Order our exciting report: Communities at a Crossroads: U.S. Right Wing Policies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit and Transgender Immigrants of Color in New York City.

The Working Group on Immigrant Rights is made up of volunteers who are:

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming
  • People of Color
  • Born outside of the United States (including Puerto Rico)

We are currently building a network of immigrant members who can support each other, provide information and access to local services, and build our collective strength. We have five guiding principles that we commit to as we build our work together:

  1. We are building a broad base of all LGBTSTGNC Immigrants of Color in New York City and are particularly committed to building the leadership of those who are undocumented, low wage workers, and Trans/Two Spirit/ and Gender Non-Conforming due to the particularly vulnerable conditions for these communities. We make a commitment that every campaign and action that we participate in will be relevant to these priority communities.
  2. We are part of a movement to achieve legalization for all people within the United States, and for all residents of the U.S. to have access to the same rights and benefits regardless of immigration/migration status.
  3. We are part of a broader movement of justice and peace globally, and are committed to building our work in solidarity with liberation struggles around the world. Because many of us are still connected with our communities of origin – we reject the us/them divide of citizens and foreigners, and are working toward a US foreign policy rooted in non-violence, fair distribution of resources, and equity. We also recognize that the War on Terrorism is both a war abroad and a war at home, oppressing our communities in many places at once.
  4. We are committed to increasing the understanding of transphobia and homophobia within broad movements for immigrant rights and social justice.
  5. We are committed to increasing the understanding of transphobia and homophobia, as well as other forms of oppression, within our immigrant communities in New York City.

Past activities of the working group have included:

  • Legal Clinics
  • Film Fests
  • Community Gatherings and Information Sharing
  • A Citywide Summit
  • Participation in both citywide and national coalitions

If you are interested in joining us, or have any questions regarding your own issues related to immigration, contact Trishala Deb, 718.596.0342, ext. 12.