QUIP’s Mission

The Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a program of United We Dream seeks to organize and empower Undocumented Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer immigrants, LGBTQ immigrants and allies to address social and systemic barriers that affect themselves and the broader LGBTQ & immigrant community.

QUIP’s vision is to transform the immigrant and LGBTQ movements, to adopt an intersectional analysis in their efforts to advance and build power for the rights of both communities. Through QUIP’s work we hope to shift the consciousness and public opinion of immigrants and LGBTQ communities that result in collaboration and embracement towards each other.

QUIP implements its vision through the following strategies:

  • Individual leadership/chapter coaching & development.
  • Engage in targeted campaigns that affect the immigrant and LGBTQ community and lifts up an intersectional analysis.
  • Raise the consciousness of immigrant and LGBTQ rights organizations through campaign engagements that promote interaction and collaboration between both communities.
  • Build the capacity of immigrant youth organizations to engage in LGBTQ organizing and advocacy.

National Advisory Council of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project

The advisory council works with the Program Coordinator of QUIP to provide guidance and feedback as well as support program yearly goals, priorities and strategic points. They help advise the QUIP leadership in efforts to develop a critical intersectional lens. The council also helps strategize the communications approach, political consciousness development and coaching of QUIP’s membership.

Ruby Jade Corado
Executive Director of Casa Ruby LGBTQ Center
Isa Noyola
Program Manager at Transgender Law Center
Catalina Velasquez
Dagoberto Bailon
Jamila Hammami
Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
Diana Bui
Luba Cortes
Marco Quiroga
National Organizer at Immigration Equality

Break The Cage Campaign

We know that detention and deportation is bad for everyone, especially children, pregnant women, people living with HIV and/or other chronic medical conditions, people who are differently abled, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) immigrants.

The Break The Cage Campaign was created by United We Dream to tackle the immigration enforcement system that terrorizes and profits from the incarceration and deportation of our communities as well as train and champion organic community leadership to be there best own advocates with the support of a broader network of immigrant, trans and queer leaders.

Through an organizing and advocacy strategy, we seek to end the detention of our communities, stop deportations, and build the network of life-saving resources and opportunities to thrive for the undocumented LGBTQ community.



Of the 11 million undocumented people in the United States, more than 267,000 identify as LGBTQ; individuals who fled their home countries to escape persecution and torture. Instead of finding safety, LGBTQ immigrants are placed in dangerous detention facilities where they wait anywhere from weeks to months to see a judge who will decide their fate. Sign the petition to stop the detention & deportation of LGBTQ immigrants »