• Petitioned US Congress, Department of Homeland Security

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President of the United States
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US Congress, Department of Homeland Security: Legalize stateless persons in the United States

    1. Mikhail Sebastian
    2. Petition by

      Mikhail Sebastian

      Los Angeles, CA

The United States is home to estimated 4,000 stateless persons who live in limbo and have their human rights violated, and a lot of restrictions imposed on them since they are citizens of nowhere.

There are two very important documents that protect stateless persons, UN 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and UN 1961 Convention Related to the Reduction of Statelessness, and U.S. is not a signatory member of any of those.

Statelessness is crime against humanity and we have to do everything in our power to protect and prevent statelessness from happening.

Most people take passports for granted but stateless persons who consider “unwanted”, “unrecognized” in our society. We tend to believe that statelessness does not exist in our country because all media shifted their attention to undocumented immigrants without covering statelessness issue.

Domestically, we also promote statelessness by allowing US citizens to renounce their citizenship on voluntary basis even though they do not have any other citizenship or permanent residency from other nation. This should not be happening. This is not protection against statelessness but promotion of statelessness on voluntary basis.

This video was shot by UNHCR highlighting the issue of statelessness in the United States. I want to share my story with you as exactly how it had happened to me. On December 29, 2011 it will be one year since I got stuck in US territory of American Samoa and no actions were taken so far.

Just imagine yourself in the situation when you travel on vacation somewhere and were not allowed to return back to your home forever. Imagine not having citizenship and not being protected by any government; no consulate or embassy to run to and seek help or assistance because you are “nobody”.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Stateless people need their voices heard

      Mikhail Sebastian
      Petition Organizer

      I am writing my op-ed for Washington Post about statelessness and I hope this will bring more clear picture to US Government to act quickly and legalize stateless people in the US and provide them with permanent residency status

    3. Stateless provision of S. 744

      Mikhail Sebastian
      Petition Organizer

      The statelessness provision passed in tact with the Senate bill, but there is no clarity about what the process is going to look like from here. Any press for statelessness at this time can only help, and the Post will provide maximum visibility in just the right place.

    4. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Irina Arakelyan LYNNWOOD, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      My husband is stateless. He was deported in 2004 but Azerbaijan will not take him back. We are hoping to begin his fight next year.

    • Alexander Shilov BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm stateless! Want a normal life

    • Niina Poole BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      My son is stateless ...

    • bea alvarez SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      no human beign is ilegal

    • T. Pica SOUTH BEND, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      I renounced US citizenship in 2008. I was denied asylum in Japan. Japan deported me to Guam. I am now forced to live within the borders of the state of Indiana. I seek guidance and help in relocation to receptive country.


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