Ukoda Nweke is a gay Nigerian migrant who has been held in ICE detention since 2016. As a gay man, he faces a 14-year prison sentence or death if he is deported. He is in dire mental health condition and needs access to life-saving treatment — tell ICE to release him on parole!
Through leadership development, capacity building, and organizing, the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP) addresses the ways in which our community is targeted by the criminal law and immigration enforcement system, and marginalized in the broader migrant community, and racial and economic justice movements. Housed at Transgender Law Center, BLMP was co-created and is staffed by TLC National Organizer Ola Osaze through a 2017 Soros Fellowship.
BLMP aims to reduce isolation, build leadership, and protect and defend Black LGBTQIA+ migrants from increasing attack by holding community-building events around the country, providing legal support, increasing access to services, creating regional organizing networks, and launching the first-ever survey focused on our experiences.
Learn more about the experiences of Black immigrant women and girls in the US with this report from BAJI.
Meet the BLMP Steering Committee: