(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Kennedy, Congresswoman Bass, Congresswoman Jayapal, the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and Transgender Law Center are hosting a congressional briefing on the experiences of LGBTQ migrants on May 23rd.

The briefing will offer a nuanced discussion starting with the conditions LGBTQ migrants face in their home countries to what life in the United States is like after surviving detention. It will center on the unique challenges transgender and Black LGBTQ migrants navigate.

Speakers include:

  • Ola Osaze, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, Transgender Law Center
  • Zack Mohamed, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
  • Guerline Jozef, Haitian Bridge Alliance
  • Michael Galvan, National Lawyers Guild 
  • LGBTQ migrant sharing testimony on experiences in detention 
  • Victoria Castro, El/La Para TransLatinas

Additional organizational co-sponsors for the briefing include the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, and The National Center for Transgender Equality.


WHAT: Congressional Briefing: Centering LGBTQ Migrants

WHEN: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 8:30-9:30 AM

WHERE: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201

You must RSVP to attend the briefing. RSVP at bit.ly/LGBTMigrant


Congressman Joe Kennedy III is a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force.

Congresswoman Karen Bass is the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Vice Chair of the Equality Caucus, and Vice Chair of the Immigration & Citizenship Subcommittee.

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. transgenderlawcenter.org