Author Archives: Sheila Velez Martinez

About Sheila Velez Martinez

Visiting Clinical Professor Immigration Law Clinic University of Pittsburgh - School of Law 210 South Bouquet Street - Sennott square - Room 5211 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Telephone: 412-383-9897 Fax: 412-648-1947 Mailing Address: University of Pittsburgh School of Law P.O. Box 7226 Pittsburgh, PA 15213-0221

Immigration Judge Adjourns Deportation Proceeding of Bi-National Lesbian Couple Pending DOMA Litigation

In what appears to be the first such action of its type, an Immigration Judge in Manhattan has adjourned deportation proceedings for the Argentine lesbian spouse of an American citizen to allow the couple to proceed with their application to … Continue reading

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Where are the Immigrant Women on International Women’s Day?

They are most likely working, looking for better opportunities and sending money home to the family members that have stayed behind. The number of male and female migrants has increased as has the proportion of women (from 47% in 1960 … Continue reading

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DOMA and Binational Couples

Among the many issues raised by the decision yesterday by the Obama administration to stop defending Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are those related to the immigration consequences for binational LGBT couples. Does this mean that DHS … Continue reading

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Record Number of LGBT Asylum Victories, Most from Jamaica

Immigration Equality, a national organization that helps obtain asylum for individuals persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV-status, announced today that its legal and pro bono teams won a record 101 cases in … Continue reading

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