Events

TRAININGS:

December 2: 

Oram training in "Sexual and gender Non-Conformity: What Refugees Professionals Need to Know and Do" in Auckland New Zealand, at Amnesty International (Address: located at 111 Karangahape Road, Auckland 1010).

December 3: 

Oram training in "Sexual and gender Non-Conformity: What Refugees Professionals Need to Know and Do" at the Refugee Status Branch in New Zealand (Address: 280 Queen Street, Auckland)

December 5: 

Oram training in "Sexual and gender Non-Conformity: What Refugees Professionals Need to Know and Do" in Sydney at Settlement Services International (9am-5pm, Address: Level 2, 158 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield, NSW 2131)

December 8: 

Oram training in "Sexual and gender Non-Conformity: What Refugees Professionals Need to Know and Do" in Melbourne at the Australian Red Cross (Villiers Street Offices).

December 9: 

Oram training in "Sexual and gender Non-Conformity: What Refugees Professionals Need to Know and Do" in Melbourne at AMES (9am-5pm, Address: Level5/255 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000)

January 7,8,9: 

Oram training in "Sexual and gender Non-Conformity: What Refugees Professionals Need to Know and Do" at the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) in Istanbul

February 2-6: 

Oram training in "Sexual and gender Non-Conformity: What Refugees Professionals Need to Know and Do" at UNHCR and Implementing Partners in Kenya (Nairobi and Kakuma).

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

November 28: 

ORAM's Executive Director presents on migration flows into Germany with particular emphasis on LGBTI persons from Easter Europe, at an event in Berlin co-sponsored by the Dreilinden and EVZ foundations.

December 4:  

Oram speaking at a public lecture entitled "Somewhere over the rainbow: the perils of protection for queer asylum seekers" (6pm-7:30pm) co-sponsored by Oram, the Australia Refugee Council, and the Human Rights Law Centre (in SYDNEY, Address: King & Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000) For more information, and to register, please visit the following link: http://hrlc.org.au/category/primary/events/

December 8:  

Oram speaking at a public lecture entitled "Somewhere over the rainbow: the perils of protection for queer asylum seekers" (6pm-7:30pm) co-sponsored by Oram, the Australia Refugee Council, and the Human Rights Law Centre (in MELBOURNE, Address: King & Wood Mallesons, Level 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000) For more information, and to register, please visit the following link: http://hrlc.org.au/category/primary/events/

 

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"We as a community cannot leave the safety of our siblings to anybody else. We have to take this fight into our own hands. That’s why it is so important that we have an organization and voice."

Neil Grungras, Founder and Executive Director of ORAM

In recognition of World Refugee Day 2013, ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration – brought together a panel of human rights and LGBTI activists and refugee experts to honor the struggle of sexually and gender nonconforming people fleeing violent persecution.

During this event, ORAM also proudly released Blind Alleys: the unseen struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex urban refugees in Mexico, Uganda, and South Africa. The product of two years’ intensive field research, Blind Alleys portfolio comprises reports, film documentaries, and practical guidelines for refugee service professionals and policymakers who want to work more effectively with LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers.

Download the event hand-out with panelist biographies [pdf, 3.2 MB]

View the reports

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Listen to the event audio recordings and watch the documentary film preview:

If you have a slow connexion, you can download the audio files:

Welcome

Intro to film (audio) and No Place for Me Film (video)

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Panel

Synthesis & Bright Spots

Questions and Comments

Conclusion & Thanks

 

Research

We conduct and publish original and groundbreaking research on the plight of  LGBTI refugees and the organizations that serve them, helping to lay the groundwork for system-wide changes.

Advocacy

We advocate for widespread policy changes—within agencies, organizations, and governing bodies—to benefit the greatest possible number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees and asylum seekers.

Education

We educate and train nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governments, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) about the unique needs of the misunderstood and severely marginalized LGBTI population.