(Photo: Jose Antonio Vargas, openly gay undocumented immigrant and founder of DefineAmerican.com, speaks at 2012 NQAPIA Conference)
As the debates around comprehensive immigration reform heat up, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) seeks to ensure that the real life concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrants are brought to the fore and are part of the discussion.
NQAPIA is seeking queer AAPI immigrants to tell their stories and document them for inclusion in our work talking with policymakers. We are especially seeking individuals who can talk about their experiences, troubles, goals, and ideas for reform with:
– being undocumented
– becoming a U.S. citizen and naturalization
– seeking or renewing their visas (either profession H1B or student F-1)
– petitioning for family members or same-sex partners
– applying for political asylum
– attending school
– domestic abuse or law enforcement misconduct
– racial profiling, detention, or deportation
In 2010, we shared four such stories at our New York LGBT Immigration Forum. In 2013, we’re working with partners all over the country to raise up our voices on these issues. One of the most powerful tools we have are our stories- real life examples of why the broken immigration system needs to be changed and how it uniquely affects us as LGBTQ people and our families.
Can you share your story with us? Do you know someone else who can? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Stories shared by 2/28 will be able to have impact as action heats up in March and April.
Anonymity and confidentiality will be preserved. Stories can be shared under the protection of a lawyer. No personal information will be publically distributed without the person’s consent. We will work with people to make sure they are best prepared to tell their stories in the best possible way.
NQAPIA’s goal is to identify the most pressing issues in immigration reform that will meaningfully improve the lives of LGBTQ AAPI immigrants.
Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director
- NQAPIA Statement of Principles of Immigration Reform (English and South Asian Languages): Download .pdf
- NQAPIA Statement of Principles of Immigration Reform (English and East/ Southeast Asian Languages): Download .pdf
- NQAPIA Postcard Campaign: Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Download .pdf
- Huffingtonpost.com Gay Voices Op-Ed: “All LGBT Immigrants Need to be Considered in Immigration Reform”
For more information about LGBT Immigration and our campaign, contact email@example.com
To speak to a lawyer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org