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... a world in which everyone's human right to Nationality is respected and upheld.

United Stateless' Vision

OUr Mission

United Stateless is a national organization led by stateless people whose mission is to build and inspire community among those affected by statelessness, and to advocate for their human rights.

We do this by:

1. Connecting, encouraging, and empowering a community of stateless people in the U.S.

2. Raising awareness of statelessness issues in the U.S. as well as globally, and educating the community/public/stakeholders about the issue of statelessness

3. Advocating for the human rights of stateless people and changes to domestic laws to introduce a path to citizenship for the stateless in the U.S.

Core Values

United Stateless is a national organization led by stateless people whose mission is to build and inspire community among those affected by statelessness, and to advocate for their human rights.

We do this by:

Stateless-led
We center those directly impacted by statelessness as experts of their own experience and leaders in the organization.

Bold Inclusion
We embrace bold inclusivity over the racism, religious discrimination, xenophobia, prejudice, and gender inequality that divide humanity and perpetuate statelessness.

Family
We celebrate our growing family, that always has room for one more, and hold space for one another with respect, patience, and care.

Joyful Resilience
We persist with optimism and joy, recognizing obstacles as opportunities for creativity, collaboration, and growth.

Our Goals

We understand that the problem of statelessness is being continuously ignored by the United States government, and this is largely due to the fact that there is very little known about stateless persons in the U.S. As constituents, we have been silent, living in the shadows, unable to participate in elections, and often too afraid to share our stories. We are changing this NOW, for we DO have a human right—as defined in Article 15(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "Everyone has the right to a nationality".

Based on this fact we absolutely believe that the U.S Government must immediately take significant steps to reform current domestic laws based on United Nations recommendations. 

​Actions that the U.S. government must take: 

1. Establishment of stateless status determination procedures.

2. Create a process to provide a path to U.S. Citizenship for all stateless people who qualify and reside in the U.S., regardless of immigration status.

3. Provide protections from detention and a temporary status with work authorization to all stateless people while their status is being resolved.

4. Accede to both United Nations Conventions:
 

  • UN Convention relating to the status of Stateless Persons (1954);

 

  • ​UN Convention on the reduction on Statelessness (1961);

To achieve these goals, United Stateless is working to connect stateless people in the U.S. with each other and with our program. Our goals include networking with NGOs — global and domestic — reaching out to the government, to media, to immigration law practitioners and others to raise awareness for statelessness in the U.S.