LGBTI Refugees Hurt by Trump Ban

The following from African HRC:

screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-5-11-32-pmWith a cruel stroke of his pen, Donald Trump on Friday suspended the U.S. refugee program.  This has stopped the admission of all refugees to the United States for four months, causing uncertainty and terror for the refugees who had already spent years being vetted for resettlement and who had finally achieved the opportunity to embark upon a new life in America, free of persecution.

This is especially onerous for the LGBT refugees who African HRC serves. 

This week we have been inundated with requests for resources to include direct case management in the hope of reinstatement of travel and humanitarian support.

One such person, Della a trans woman, who after escaping arrests, torture and death threats in her home country, endured further severe beatings while in the refugee camp, where the straight refugee population often targets LGBTI refugees. Another is Harry who has to consider starting much of his process over again, expressing that he is too afraid to come to the U.S.A.  (Names changed for privacy)

Several refugees were ecstatic to be traveling to their new homes in the U.S. this week, but faced a terrifying disappointment when travel documents were revoked. All these people who have undergone arduous vetting and screening are again facing the unknown, an uncertainty that places them all at great physical risk, yet again.  

This week African Human Rights Coalition took on several such cases where we are providing advocacy and humanitarian assistance. Some refugees are contemplating restarting a long portion of the process and so will require considerable support.

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In gratitude and solidarity,


13537741_10209328713390171_8282725518331626905_nMelanie Nathan
Executive Director,
African Human Rights Coalition

One thought on “LGBTI Refugees Hurt by Trump Ban

  1. NPR had a very good story on the Queer Underground Railway, the Community Services Organization out of Canada. The story detailed the problems for gays fleeing Iran’s religious dictatorship and abuse of gays. Since Canada started restricting its own immigration policies, America has become a better destination for gays fleeing persecution.

    It is STRANGELY ironic that Iran remains one of the top two destinations for reassignment surgery, thanks to a fatwa issued by the first Ayatollah Khomeini, some thirty years ago. Apparently, “It’s okay to be gay,” if you’re simply willing to change your gender to be that way.

    The ban, however, is only for 90 days and exceptions have already been made in the hundreds. I prefer to spend my time asking for the exceptions and waiting out the ban. “Obviously,” gay Iranians are ZERO threat to becoming “jihadists.” If anything, gays would be the model American citizens because they see how bad extremist hatred in the name of any religion can be. Most of them would feel safer, however, if we worked to ensure that the next “immigrant” was not really an Iranian Security Policy member sent to spy on America. I held one of those in 2003, who had infiltrated Iraq to cause trouble.

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