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Advocates Look to ICE to Address Violence Against LGBTs In Immigration

LGBT advocates look to Sarah Saldaña, the next head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to use her authority to address the increasing crisis of physical and sexual violence against LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants.

Social Security Now Processing Retirement Claims from Same-Sex Couples

Today another piece of the wall separating American LGBT couples from full equality was chipped away when the Social Security Administration announced that it has started processing retirement claims for same-sex couples.

Attorney General: Justice Department Committed to Protecting Gays, Lesbians

NATIONAL | By Danny Robbins | Mar 21
The Justice Department is "committed to using every tool in its arsenal" to combat bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation and has already made strides in bringing more prosecutions in that area, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

Federal Officials to Conduct Hate Crime Trainings in Puerto Rico

NATIONAL | By Michael K. Lavers | Mar 13
EDGE has learned that the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct training on hate crimes for Puerto Rican law enforcement officials. Federal officials will also meet with Puerto Rican LGBT activists this week.

AG Holder defends performance on gays, drugs

NATIONAL | By Pete Yost | Mar 2
Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday defended the Justice Department’s performance on issues like gay rights and prescription drug trafficking under pointed questioning by newly energized Republicans who have taken control of the House.

Why US lawyers fight for law on gays Obama opposes

NATIONAL | By Mark Sherman | Oct 21
President Barack Obama opposes the Pentagon’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy on gays in the military, so why are Obama administration lawyers in court fighting to save it?

U.S. Justice Dept. Appoints Gay Liaison

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Aug 19
In a move seen a further attempt to repair relations with GLBT supporters, the Obama Administration’s Justice Department has appointed a liaison to the gay community.

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