LGBTQI Refugees

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) people who are displaced often flee their countries of origin because of persecution and discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Same-sex relations are considered a crime in certain countries, with some using the death penalty as an option for punishment. At the Women’s Refugee Commission, we examine LGBTQI refugees’ unique vulnerabilities, such as an increased risk of sexual and gender-based violence, and we determine how to improve their protection, including access to community and health services sensitive to these displaced populations.