The LGBT Immigrant Rights Project at the Association of Latino Men for Action (ALMA) works with agencies, non-profit organizations, and legislative offices across the city to support key efforts aimed at addressing LGBT priorities within the immigrant rights movement. A key part of this effort is leading the activities of the emerging, non-partisan, LGBT Immigrant Rights Coalition of Chicago, including helping member organizations pass institutional policies that address these priorities.
The LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition of Chicago is collaboration between organizations serving the primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, and institutions advocating for immigrant rights. The members of the coalition collaborate to support immigrant rights organizing, public policy advocacy, and resource-gathering through collaboration; engage the LGBT community in immigrant rights work; and increase the visibility of LGBTQ people affected by immigration policy for the media, legislators, and the general public.
Additionally, the work of the coalition includes collaboration to engage immigrant rights organizations and institutions whose work is not LGBT-specific to include LGBT issues, stories, and institutions in their public advocacy and internal structure and values; dialogue with faith-based institutions for their support of LGBT inclusion in legislation and advocacy; and put pressure on elected officials to advocate for policy that promotes immigrant rights and is inclusive of LGBT people and same-sex couples.
As of November 2012 the coalition is made up by the following organizations
- Affinity Community Services
- The AIDS Foundation of Chicago
- The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
- Amigas Latinas
- The Association of Latino Men for Action
- The Center on Halsted
- Chicago Community and Worker’s Rights
- The Civil Rights Agenda
- Congregation Or Chadash
- Equality Illinois
- Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
- The Immigrant Youth Justice League
- The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
- The Latino Organization of the Southwest
- The National Immigrant Justice Center
- National Lawyer’s Guild – Queer Caucus
- Unidos: The National Latino LGBT Human Rights Organization
Additionally, the Coalition works closely with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Lambda Legal, the Hispanic Lawyer’s Association of Illinois, the City of Chicago Office of New Americans, and the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Additionally, we work with the offices of Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5), Rep. Gutierrez (IL-4), Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and Alderman Tom Tunney (44th ward).
The Coalition is chaired by ALMA Board President Julio Rodriguez, and coordinated by ALMA’s LGBT Immigration Project director Tania Unzueta.