US Granting Asylum to Gay Jamaicans

February 15, 2011  |  

(Jamaican Observer) — Immigration Equality, an organisation which works to secure asylum for individuals persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV-status, said it won dozens of cases for clients from the Caribbean in 2010.  The organisation said that it won a record 101 cases last year.  “An overwhelming number of the victories, 38, were for clients from the Caribbean, with 28 of those for individuals from Jamaica,”; it said. There were four successful cases from Grenada.  “Other cases included 24 asylum seekers from Central and South America; 16 from Eastern Europe (including seven Russian clients); nine from the African continent and five from the Middle East.”  The organisation, which maintains the largest network of pro bono attorneys, in addition to its in-house legal staff, is dedicated solely to seeking asylum for Lesbians, Gays, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) asylum seekers.

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