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The Increased Risk of Hate Violence for LGBT Undocumented Immigrants

The Increased Risk of Hate Violence for LGBT Undocumented Immigrants

We need to reform our immigration laws to protect LGBT immigrants from hate violence.

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, or NCAVP—a group of organizations dedicated to ending all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, and HIV-affected communities—recently released its report on hate violence in 2013 against these communities. Last year was the first year that NCAVP had a large enough sample size of LGBT and HIV-affected undocumented people to produce statistically relevant findings.

These findings show that while 2013 was a pivotal year for same-sex marriage rights—with significant victories at the state level and in the U.S. Supreme Court—homophobia and transphobia still put the safety and lives of LGBT people at risk on a daily basis.

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