"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


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

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

Film will play automatically after introduction


Synthesis & Bright Spots

Questions and Comments

Conclusion & Thanks

“The Emerging Legal Landscape for Same-Sex Couples”
Friday, 12 July 2013, 2:00-4:00pm
ORAM’s Headquarters, 39 Drumm St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco

If you would like to attend this information session, please RSVP to 



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.


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.


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.