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March 24, 2023

Understanding Statelessness

Date:  March 24, 2023 


Stateless people are often referred to as ‘citizens of nowhere,’ as no state recognizes them. Currently over 218,000 stateless people live in the US, where there is no legal framework to address their unique and complex needs. As a result, stateless people in the US face identity, housing, and employment barriers, along with decades of family separation. They are often subject to repeated and prolonged detention.

United Stateless (USL) was founded in 2018 by seven stateless individuals and allies as the only organization in the US dedicated to ending statelessness in the US. USL is a national stateless-led organization with a mission to build community among those affected by statelessness and advocate for their human right to a nationality. Join us for a presentation and conversation on the causes of statelessness, the obstacles faced by stateless people, the advocacy strategy to end statelessness, and what the legal community can do to close the education and representation gap.


  • Karina Ambartsoumian-Clough – Founding Member and Executive Director of United Stateless 
  • Samantha Sitterley – Staff Attorney, United Stateless

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