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Some 28 homosexual Jamaican nationals who claimed they were being persecuted in their homeland due to their sexual orientation, have gained political asylum in the United States.
Reports suggest that the Gay Jamaicans, along with several other homosexuals from other countries, was assisted by Immigration Equality, which is a network of attorney which who strives to secure asylum for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, because they are being persecuted in their country as a result of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV-status.
An Immigration Equality spokesperson said:
“By offering them a safe haven, the United States is not only saving their lives, but benefiting from the talent, skills and service these asylees bring to our country. We are proud and honored to help them begin life anew here in their adopted homeland.”
According to a Washington Post report, of the 92 gays and lesbians who won asylum in 2010 with the help of Immigration Equality, an immigrant gay-rights group, 28 were from Jamaica – meaning that nearly a third were from a single country ranked 138th in world population.
Immigration Equality says they regularly sees asylum seekers from Jamaica and other English speaking Caribbean countries such as St. Lucia and Barbados.
“The Caribbean is the part of the world where we see the highest number of cases,” said Victoria Neilson, legal director at Immigration Equality.