Welcomes new Communications Director with decade of LGBT advocacy experience
New York, NY — Immigration Equality, the leading organization advocating for and representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and HIV-affected immigrants, today honored its Executive Director Caroline Dessert on her one year anniversary leading the organization.
“Caroline has done an impressive job of working to focus the organization’s efforts where they are currently needed most: serving LGBT immigrants and detainees seeking asylum, and reuniting families,” said Randy Feuerstein, Immigration Equality Board Chair. “With her leadership, we’ve increased the number of asylum cases we handle annually two-fold, and look forward to expanding that work to more people living at or below the poverty line.”
Over the course of the past year, Immigration Equality has:
A lifetime advocate for social justice, Dessert is a queer Latina originally from El Centro, California, a community on the U.S.–Mexico Border. She earned a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, focusing on public interest law and policy, and critical race studies. Prior to joining Immigration Equality, she worked at the California Attorney General’s Office, where she was a Deputy Attorney General in the Public Rights Division.
In addition to celebrating Dessert’s year anniversary, the organization also welcomed a new Communications Director, Jackie Yodashkin, who previously served as Communications Director for Freedom to Marry, the successful campaign to win marriage nationwide, and Project Director for the United Nations’ first-ever global campaign for LGBT rights, Free & Equal.
“Jackie brings a wealth of experience telling the personal stories that help change hearts, minds, and laws; and as the daughter of immigrants, she knows all too well how critical Immigration Equality’s work is to the communities we serve,” said Dessert. “Through her work with the United Nations, Jackie has seen first-hand the kinds of violence and abuse people face in the over 75 countries where being LGBT is a crime. We welcome her to the Immigration Equality team so we can work together to ensure that those who come to the U.S. seeking safety do not face that same brutal treatment when they arrive here.”