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Queer and Trans Justice Project

Who We Are
The Queer and Trans Justice Project (QTJP) is an organizing project dedicated to assisting folks in detention and coming out of detention by helping them secure housing, educational, legal, health, wellness, and emotional support and services. In order to assist folks in building lives outside of detention and to break down barriers that prevent folks from building fulfilling and productive lives, the MS QT Immigrant Fund exists.

The QT Comité is a popular committee made up of LGBTQIA, TS, and GNC immigrants and children of immigrants who are committed to supporting each other, folks in detention, and those recently released. The mission of the QT Comité is to organize around the structural barriers and state violence that LGBTQ+, TS, and GNC immigrants face related to their race, sexuality, gender expression, gender identity, and immigration status.
IAJE's Commitment
We believe in creating a narrative of thriving, not just surviving. Queer and Trans are beautiful. Queer and Trans folks belong in our communities and deserve safety, dignity, respect, joy, and justice. We are committed to supporting and doing the work to build safe communities for LGBTQIA, TS, and GNC detainee and undocumented folks to thrive. 
Our Mission
The Queer and Trans Justice Project is a community-building organizing project based in Mississippi that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two-Spirit, Trans, Intersex, Gender Non-Conforming, and HIV+ immigrants, children of immigrants, those currently in immigration detention in MS, and those at risk of entering immigration detention to secure post-release support, detention center visitations, collective support, and direct services.
Our Vision
QTJP works to create a world where LGBTQIA, TS, and GNC and HIV+ detainess, undocumented, immigrant, and children of immigrants are encouraged to dream, organize against systemic violence, and live free from fear of violence due to their race, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, and can pursue their own vision of success and happiness.
Direct Services
Through our MS QT Immigrant Fund we provide support for LGBTQIA+ and HIV+ immigrants in detention centers in MS.  Services provided include:
  • Legal Referrals​
  • Access to hotline support
  • Bond Funding in coordination with partners
  • Center Visitations
  • Commissary Funding
  • PenPal Program
  • Books and Magazines

Upon release we support members with:
  • Transportation
  • Education Opportunities
  • Legal Referrals
  • Medical Referrals
  • Mental Health and Healing Programs
  • Housing and Rental Assistance
  • Interpreter Training
Community Organizing
IAJE's QTJP is intent on bringing systemic change through community organizing. Our goals are:
  • Abolishing ICE
  • Preventing the development of new jails in MS
  • Queering up immigration spaces
  • Building leadership of LGBTQIA, TS, and GNC and HIV+ immigrants and children of immigrants
  • Coordinating an HIV prevention program in conjunction with the MS Department of Health