A wide range of organizations are working to bring attention to a wide range of issues which affect LGBT asylum seekers either directly, or indirectly. These include LGBT-rights campaigns as well as immigration reform projects. See links below for more information.
Detention Watch are doing great work bringing attention to the experiences of immigrants in detention; the power and influence of private detention corporations, and the pernicious “Bed Quota.”
The NIJC is also pushing for reform of the “one year filing deadline” for asylum seekers, which discriminates against those who are not aware of asylum, or able to pursue a claim within 12 months of arriving in the U.S.
This is a major issue for all asylum seekers: They are not legally able to work until 180 days after filing a claim. The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center has fought for improvements to this system in the past, and hopefully will continue to do so in the future.
Human Rights Watch have published a detailed report on the need for prompt work authorization for asylum seekers.
The Immigration Policy Center is pursuing a number of legal cases and policy initiatives towards positive immigration reform. They have useful fact files on their site, including this guide to Senate Bill S. 744.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force are focused on reform that takes account of LGBT immigrants needs in particular.
A number of states have recently instituted laws which help undocumented people to get by without unwarranted attention or persecution. These include access to driving licences and in-state tuition. Find out how you can change policy in your state through the National Immigration Legal Center.
The UK-based website LGBT Asylum News focuses on international news and policy change, as it impacts LGBT asylum seekers specifically.