The Problem

LGBT individuals around the world often face persecution and extreme violence in their home countries owing to their sexual orientation and / or gender identity and expression (SOGIE). Those who can, flee their countries of origin in search of a safer environment and better life. However, this journey is not easy and LGBT asylum seekers and refugees are frequently victims of discrimination, isolation, violence and abuse along the way to a safe third country. Despite the growing awareness among governments and institutions and the appearance of a more inclusive protection system, full rights and adequate support for sexual and gender minorities (SGM) are not guaranteed.

Our Approach

ORAM focuses its efforts on systems and individuals alike, ensuring system-wide change is fostered informed by the population served. Based on individual testimonies we raise awareness on the lack of protection for SGMs. Through the use of innovative tools and thought-leading research, ORAM tackles some of the largest issues regarding SGMs.  

Our Impact

Through capacity building, ground-breaking research and collaborative relationships with governments, international organisations and NGO’s worldwide, ORAM has successfully increased system-wide awareness and protection of SGM asylum seekers and refugees. To maintain intimate knowledge of the system and to provide assistance to internationally displaced individuals, ORAM provides direct assistance to LGBT asylum seekers and refugees in the field and collaborates with local stakeholders central to our strategy to ensure that our work is built from the grass roots upwards


Founded in 2008, ORAM specializes in the protection of exceptionally vulnerable refugees, including LGBTI refugees. A thought leader in refugee protection, we are trusted by governments, international agencies, aid organizations and refugees alike. ORAM’s essential work enables the international community to protect exceptionally vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and safeguards the integrity of the international refugee protection system.

Resources & Publications


We conduct and publish original and groundbreaking research on the plight of exceptionally vulnerable refugees and the organizations that serve them, helping to lay the groundwork for system-wide changes.

Refugee Assistance

Refugee Assistance

We proudly work with refugees and asylum seekers who have fled their homes due to persecution and intolerance. Our crucial, regularly updated information on navigating the refugee system has already helped tens of thousands.

ORAM Newsletter

Sign Up Now

“In order to function properly, our website applies some “cookies” and automatically saves temporary technical data about your visit. You can find more information about at DATA PRIVACY POLICY STATEMENT.”