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Expertise: LGBTQ issues, immigration law and policy

Sharita Gruberg is the vice president for the LGBTQ 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
Protecting and Advancing Health Care for Transgender Adult CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressAugust 18, 2021
4 Ways the U.S. Government Can Strengthen Refugee Resettlement for LGBTQI PeopleCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2021
Millions Will Gain Nondiscrimination Protections Under the Equality ActCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act Will Significantly Address LGBTQ PovertyCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2021
What You Need To Know About the Equality ActCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2021
Improving the Lives and Rights of LGBTQ People in AmericaCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2021
Transforming U.S. Foreign Policy To Ensure Dignity and Rights for LGBTI PeopleCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2020
The State of the LGBTQ Community in 2020Center for American ProgressOctober 6, 2020
The Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Transgender People Facing HomelessnessCenter for American ProgressSeptember 3, 2020
Beyond Bostock: The Future of LGBTQ Civil RightsCenter for American ProgressAugust 26, 2020
Connecting the Dots: How the Trump Administration Misuses Religious Freedom To Create a License To DiscriminateCenter for American ProgressMay 19, 2020
Same-Sex Couples Experience Higher Unemployment Rates Throughout an Economic RecoveryCenter for American ProgressMay 5, 2020
An Effective Response to the Coronavirus Requires Targeted Assistance for LGBTQ PeopleCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2020
HHS Proposal Puts Millions of Americans at Risk of Discrimination When Accessing Federally Funded ServicesCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2019
LGBTQ Dreamers Fear Detention and Deportation and Need DACA’s ProtectionsCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2019
The Dire Consequences of the Trump Administration’s Attack on Transgender People’s Access to SheltersCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2019
Attack on the ACACenter for American ProgressJuly 19, 2019
HHS Budget Would Fund Discrimination at Expense of Civil Rights EnforcementCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2019
Trump’s Executive Order Rewards Private Prison Campaign DonorsCenter for American ProgressJune 28, 2018
ICE’s Rejection of Its Own Rules Is Placing LGBT Immigrants at Severe Risk of Sexual AbuseCenter for American ProgressMay 30, 2018
Religious Liberty for a Select FewCenter for American ProgressApril 3, 2018
The ACA’s LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Regulations Prove CrucialCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2018
Serving LGBTQ Immigrants and Building Welcoming CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2018
What Ending DACA Means for LGBTQ DreamersCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2017
Advancing LGBTQ Equality Through Local Executive ActionCenter for American ProgressAugust 25, 2017
Who Seeks Religious Accommodations to Providing Contraceptive Coverage?Center for American ProgressAugust 11, 2017
How the Religious Liberty Executive Order Licenses DiscriminationCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2017
The Trump Budget Neglects Basic Protections and Funds a Deportation Force InsteadCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
How Police Entanglement with Immigration Enforcement Puts LGBTQ Lives at RiskCenter for American ProgressApril 12, 2017
Gorsuch Signals an Extreme Threat to LGBT RightsCenter for American ProgressMarch 24, 2017
Separating Mothers from their Children at the Border Is Wrong and CostlyCenter for American ProgressMarch 13, 2017
LGBT Refugees’ Lives Depend on the U.S. Resettlement ProgramCenter for American ProgressJanuary 30, 2017
Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBTQ CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressDecember 8, 2016
Making Paid Leave Work for Every FamilyCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2016
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