Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM)
Source description last updated: 7 Oktober 2015
In brief: The Organisation for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM), an independent US-based NGO founded in 2008, advocates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex refugees and asylum seekers.
Coverage on
Reports on the situation of sexual and gender minorities / LGBTI persons.
Covered monthly on, for countries of priorities A-D.
According to its own statement, “ORAM is the only international organization devoted solely to advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees fleeing persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity.” (ORAM website: Mission, undated)
ORAM works
“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.” (ORAM website: Mission, undated)
“As an independent organization, ORAM is not affiliated with any government, institution or other official agency.  We cooperate with a variety of organizations assisting refugees and asylum seekers and advocating for their rights.  ORAM works only with organizations which have a proven record of the highest ethics and commitment to refugees and asylum seekers. […]
ORAM is based in San Francisco, California (USA).  We conduct our advocacy, education, and related work from and in San Francisco and Washington D.C. (USA), Geneva (Switzerland), Ankara (UNHCR Turkey), Tel Aviv (Israel) and other locations as needed.” (ORAM-website: FAQ, undated)
“ORAM’s caseload includes clients seeking refugee status as well as resettlement in the US, Canada, Australia and other countries. Many of ORAM’s clients have undergone or have been marked for imminent imprisonment or torture. Some faced execution. Virtually all have been cut off by their families and receive little if any support. Some are escaping from their families. They often arrive in transit countries to face severe marginalization, harassment and physical violence.” (ORAM: Unsafe Haven: The Security Challenges Facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Turkey, June 2011, p. 3 of PDF)
“ORAM’s funding is provided by philanthropic organizations, individuals, and international institutions.” (ORAM-website: FAQ, undated)
A list of donors can be found here:
Scope of reporting:

Geographic focus: None.
Thematic focus: Rights of LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers.

“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 get some of our information from a variety of NGOs, watchdog agencies, governments and inter-governmental agencies.  But most of our information comes from supporters and LGBTI individuals worldwide who dare to speak the truth.” (ORAM-website: FAQ, undated)
Exemplary for ORAM reports, the 2011 “edition of Unsafe Haven is based on information provided by 62 LGBT refugees represented jointly by HCA [Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly] and ORAM since the issuance of the last edition of this report. It also reflects still-relevant information provided by the original 46 interviewees, who were living in ten different cities in Turkey. A copy of the questionnaire used as a basis for gathering information for this report is provided at Appendix A.
The interviewing process adhered strictly to the ethical exigencies of working with vulnerable individuals: Each person interviewed gave advance informed consent in advance to HCA and ORAM to use the information in this report. All interviewees were informed of and understood the purpose of the report. They were invited to review and comment on the report’s recommendations prior to its publication. Twenty-three interviewees did so.
To ensure the safety and anonymity of the report’s subjects, any information that would render them individually identifiable has been omitted. All interviewees quoted gave their explicit permission, confirmed the contents of their remarks, and agreed to the manner of attribution. All interviews conducted are on file with the authors.” (ORAM: Unsafe Haven: The Security Challenges Facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Turkey, June 2011, p. 9-10)
Language(s) of publications:

English and languages of the countries reported on.
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