Guide to Helping LGBTI Refugees

While we’re in a rapidly changing world for LGBT people, many still live in countries where they may be jailed or even executed for being LGBT, or they may suffer crimes that the authorities turn a blind eye to.  Such victims may try to move to the United States, as either asylum seekers or refugees. As we work toward a world where LGBTI persons are safe in their home countries, we must also work to assure the survival of those who have no choice but to escape.”  The report is available for free download at http://www.oraminternational.org/images/stories/Publications/oram-rainbow-bridges-2012.pdf

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM) has published a new manual, “Rainbow Bridges: A Community Guide to Rebuilding the Lives of LGBTI Refugees and Asylees,” which “seeks to improve the resettlement integration model used for LGBTI refugees and asylees by providing community and faith-based groups with the knowledge they need to help refugees build new lives in the United States.”  The manual, which is based on the experiences ORAM has piloted in San Francisco, lays out three different levels of involvement community members can have.  As ORAM summarizes, “

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