We are writing our collective history and future
United Stateless was created by stateless people who reside in the U.S. and understand the situation first-hand.
It all started with a few emails...
United Stateless started as a simple conversation between several stateless persons who found each other through social media, or by tracking the occasional newspaper article about individual cases. We began by comparing notes, and soon knew that we had something powerful in common — our stories.
A stateless life is one of terrible isolation, as the feeling of non-belonging is pervasive. We have united to help each other through a seemingly insurmountable challenge, and perhaps in the process will be able to help many others.
Since no legal framework currently exists in the U.S. to address statelessness, the stateless find themselves living in limbo, isolated, vulnerable to detention, likely experiencing severe depression, as well as a host of problems that arise from lack of identification documents. Unlike undocumented immigrants, stateless people can not usually be deported, since no country claims them as its citizens.
Most of us have been here for many years. We are people who should be, but are not protected by international law. Unfortunately U.S. law does not provide such protection. This situation leads to basic human rights violations that we experience every single day of our lives.
It's Like Living in Solitary Confinement,
But Out in the World
"It made me feel empowered, like, Oh my goodness, I’m not alone. And then you hear that Einstein was a stateless person before he was a refugee. So it’s like, Wow, this has been happening."
The Collective Struggle
The United States is a country that has no legal framework for the stateless. We are essentially legal ghosts, not recognized and non-existent. Yet we are here, and we are not alone. We believe that through our unified effort our human voices will be heard, and our plight will be recognized in time.
We welcome you to join us on our journey. Statelessness is a lonely place to be, but united, we are empowered and hopeful that change is possible; we will someday gain our rightful place in the world.
Some members of the United Stateless choose to stay anonymous or use aliases in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. We fully respect their decision.