Vice President, LGBTQI+ Research and Communications Project



Sharita Gruberg

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Sharita Gruberg is the vice president for the LGBTQI+ Research and Communications Project at American Progress. She comes to American Progress with extensive experience working in immigration advocacy, law, and policy, as well as experience providing direct service to immigration detainees, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Prior to joining American Progress, Sharita worked as a program specialist for the Women’s Refugee Commission. In that capacity she lobbied Congress and administrative agencies for increased protections for migrant populations, particularly women, families, and unaccompanied children. She has also worked as a law clerk for the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, where she provided support to immigration detainees in removal proceedings, including LGBT asylum seekers, and filed complaints on detention conditions with the Department of Homeland Security. Most recently, she completed a fellowship with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, where she wrote and submitted refugee resettlement requests to safe third countries and liaised with congressional offices on refugee resettlement cases.

Sharita earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a public interest law scholar and the writing program director for the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, and she also received the Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate from the Institute for the Study of International Migration. She holds a B.A. in political science and women’s studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Latest by Sharita Gruberg

Religious Liberty for a Select Few Report
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on

Religious Liberty for a Select Few

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ guidance is already empowering appointees throughout the administration to attack the equality and legal protections of LGBTQ people, women, and religious minorities.

Sharita Gruberg, Frank J. Bewkes, Elizabeth Platt, 2 More Katherine Franke, Claire Markham

Serving LGBTQ Immigrants and Building Welcoming Communities Report
Immigrants take the oath of citizenship to the United States in the Great Hall of Ellis Island on September 16, 2016, in New York City.

Serving LGBTQ Immigrants and Building Welcoming Communities

Cities and service providers can take steps to ensure LGBTQ immigrants have access to the resources they need to become full participants in their communities and thrive.

Sharita Gruberg, Caitlin Rooney, Ashe McGovern, 2 More Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Laura E. Durso

Advancing LGBTQ Equality Through Local Executive Action Report

Advancing LGBTQ Equality Through Local Executive Action

With unique knowledge of the needs of their constituents, city and county executives have the power to enact policies and programs that protect LGBTQ communities, increase community engagement, and open doors of opportunity.

Laura E. Durso, Caitlin Rooney, Sharita Gruberg, 5 More Sejal Singh, Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Frank J. Bewkes, Aaron Ridings, Daniel Clark

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