ADVOCACY & COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT FOR STATELESS PEOPLE
Vision and 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:
Connecting, encouraging, and empowering a community of stateless people in the U.S.
Raising awareness of statelessness issues in the U.S. as well as globally, and educating the community/public/stakeholders about the issue of statelessness.
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.
United Stateless was created by stateless people who reside in the U.S. (read our stories here) and understand the situation first-hand. Since no legal framework currently exists in the U.S. to address statelessness, many stateless people 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 persons can not be deported, since no country on earth claims them as its citizens.
Such life is one of terrible isolation, as the feeling of non-belonging is pervasive.
And then you meet another stateless person. And another. And voices join in a heart-felt conversation, and a dream is born. This is what United Stateless is about. We are uniting to help each other through a seemingly insurmountable challenge.
In our effort to advocate for change, we seek to bring stateless people of all backgrounds together. We understand that the problem of statelessness is being continuously ignored by the U.S. government. 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.
Time has come to join our voices, minds, and hearts to stand up for what is an essential 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:
1. Establishment of stateless status determination procedures.
2. Creation of a process to provide a path to U.S. Citizenship for all stateless people who qualify and who reside in the U.S., regardless of immigration status.
3. Provide a temporary status with work authorization to all stateless people while their status is being resolved.
4. Ascension to both United Nations Conventions:
- United Nations Convention relating to the status of Stateless Persons (1954)
- United Nations Convention on the reduction on Statelessness (1961);
To achieve these goals, United Stateless is working to connect stateless people in the US 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 of statelessness in the US.
Only through uniting together can stateless people push for change. We want your feedback and input!
Please note that privacy is our main concern. If you choose to participate, we will respect your privacy and autonomy to the fullest degree possible.