The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization focused on LGBTQ young people, today issued this statement from CEO and Executive Director Amit Paley in response to the Trump Administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“The Trump Administration’s plan to repeal DACA is dangerous, harmful, and cruel. Of the 800,000 young people being put at risk, more than 75,000 identify as LGBTQ. Administrative decisions like this increase racism, hate and fear, and do nothing to promote our core American value of equal opportunity. The Trevor Project calls on all fair-minded members of Congress to defend DACA, and create legislation that protects DREAMers while instituting a fair and humane immigration process. The Trevor Project stands in solidarity with all DREAMers and their families, and reminds our LGBTQ young people who are feeling distressed and in need of someone to talk to that The Trevor Project is here for you 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, in addition to chat and text services available at www.thetrevorproject.org/help.”
The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri A. Lunn, Trevor Project Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Engagement