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HIAS welcomes all refugees, including people who identify as LGBTQ. HIAS supports LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers in critical ways to help them access their rights and rebuild their lives with dignity.

Throughout our country offices around the world, and in our affiliate network across the United States, HIAS provides comprehensive legal aid, economic inclusion, mental health, and gender-based violence prevention and support services to LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers.

Learn more about our work to support LGBTQ refugees from the articles and videos below. Join us in celebrating Pride and welcoming all refugees into your community.


 

WATCH: To Start Another Life, Free

Jun 17, 2021

Ilia, a gay man originally from Russia, has been able to restart his life in safety in the U.S. In this original video, he recounts his ordeal, his escape from Russia, and how he has “learned to be free” in his new homeland.

'Am I Going to Make It Until Tomorrow?': A Gay Refugee’s Escape from Persecution

Jun 16, 2021

Yusuf, a gay man from eastern Africa, endured years of isolation, abuse, and several close brushes with death because of his sexuality. But now, with the help of HIAS and its local resettlement partners, he's rebuilding his life in safety and dignity.

Pride Month: Attorney Cynthia Katz Reflects

HIAS Supervising Attorney Cynthia Katz reflects on helping LGBTQ refugees during Pride Month.

Yiftach Millo

Let Me Tell You Why I Think of Adam During Pride Month

Jun 07, 2021

Yiftach Millo has worked on LGBTQ refugee issues for many years, but for Pride month he tells the story of Adam, the "ultimate" refugee.

How HIAS Came to Work With LGBTQ Refugees

Jun 01, 2021

While LGBTQ outreach is not a core part of HIAS’ work, it is vitally important and has had a profound impact on many hundreds of LGBTQ refugees' lives.

To Start Another Life, Free

Ilia, a gay man originally from Russia, has been able to restart his life in safety in the U.S.

For Trans Women Refugees, HIAS Can Be a Lifeline

Jun 30, 2020

With more and more transgender women approaching HIAS for help, particularly in Latin America, we have made their well-being a top priority.

Briefing: In Search of Safety — LGBTQ Refugee Protection and HIAS

Jun 25, 2020

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, three experts discuss the unique needs and vulnerabilities of this population, and how HIAS and our U.S. and international partners have stepped up to advocate for the human rights of our LGBTQ clients and provide lifesaving support.

GBV Social Support Group Brings Healing for Refugees

Jan 10, 2020

A support group run by HIAS Kenya is helping lesbian, bisexual, and queer women who have experienced gender-based violence.

A New Name, a New Life

Ovileya, a transgender refugee from Bangladesh, received refugee status in Greece and was able to legally change her gender and name with the help of HIAS attorneys.

 

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