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Expertise: LGBT issues, immigration law and policy

Sharita Gruberg is a Senior Policy Analyst for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. She comes to American Progress with extensive experience working in immigration advocacy, law, and policy, as well as experience providing direct service to immigration detainees, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Prior to joining American Progress, Sharita worked as a program specialist for the Women’s Refugee Commission. In that capacity she lobbied Congress and administrative agencies for increased protections for migrant populations, particularly women, families, and unaccompanied children. She has also worked as a law clerk for the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, where she provided support to immigration detainees in removal proceedings, including LGBT asylum seekers, and filed complaints on detention conditions with the Department of Homeland Security. Most recently, she completed a fellowship with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, where she wrote and submitted refugee resettlement requests to safe third countries and liaised with congressional offices on refugee resettlement cases.

Sharita earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a public interest law scholar and the writing program director for the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, and she also received the Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate from the Institute for the Study of International Migration. She holds a B.A. in political science and women’s studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

By Sharita Gruberg
ICE Officers Overwhelmingly Use Their Discretion to Detain LGBT ImmigrantsCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2016
How the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Can End Its Reliance on Private PrisonsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2016
The Medicaid Program and LGBT Communities: Overview and Policy RecommendationsCenter for American ProgressAugust 9, 2016
How Overly Broad Religious Exemptions Are Putting Children at Risk of Sexual AbuseCenter for American ProgressMay 12, 2016
Clear Guidance on Humanitarian Parole Is Needed to Reunite Same-Sex Partners Who Are Unable to Legally MarryCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2016
Discrimination Against Transgender Women Seeking Access to Homeless SheltersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 7, 2016
How For-Profit Companies Are Driving Immigration Detention PoliciesCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2015
Obama Administration Makes Refugee Program More LGBT-InclusiveCenter for American ProgressOctober 30, 2015
Why LGBT People Can Still Face Discrimination in HousingCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2015
Humanitarian DiplomacyCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2015
The Countries From Which LGBT People Are Seeking AsylumCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2015
No Way Out: Congress’ Bed Quota Traps LGBT Immigrants in DetentionCenter for American ProgressMay 14, 2015
On the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Changes Are Needed to Protect LGBT ImmigrantsCenter for American ProgressMarch 23, 2015
Fact Sheets: Comprehensive Nondiscrimination ProtectionsCenter for American ProgressMarch 10, 2015
We the PeopleCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2014
Fostering SafetyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2014
LGBT Undocumented Immigrants Face an Increased Risk of Hate ViolenceCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2014
A Little-Known Congressional Quota is Placing LGBT Immigrants in Grave DangerCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2014
Infographic: Detention Means Big Money for For-Profit PrisonsCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2014
Infographic: What Could $600 Million Buy?Center for American ProgressMay 9, 2014
Infographic: How Long Are People in Detention?Center for American ProgressMay 9, 2014
Infographic: Do We Need to Detain 34,000 Immigrants Every Day?Center for American ProgressMay 9, 2014
Infographic: Congress’ Immigrant Bed QuotaCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2014
How the Prison Rape Elimination Act Helps LGBT Immigrants in DetentionCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2014
Building a More Perfect UnionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2014
Dignity Denied: LGBT Immigrants in U.S. Immigration DetentionCenter for American ProgressNovember 25, 2013
Immigration Reform and the LGBT CommunityCenter for American ProgressNovember 12, 2013
LGBT Advocates Move Immigration Reform Forward During August RecessCenter for American ProgressAugust 28, 2013
Additional Immigration Benefits Are Available for Same-Sex Couples After DOMA RepealCenter for American ProgressJuly 17, 2013
What the DOMA Decision Means for LGBT Binational CouplesCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2013
What Immigration Reform Means for the LGBT CommunityCenter for American ProgressJune 11, 2013