Training for Organizations

ORAM training programs expand and strengthen the skills of refugee professionals to accurately assess refugee claims, guarantee the reception and care of refugees, and ensure that each human case is treated in a fair and professional way. Training programs build the integrity of the international refugee protection system by providing refugee professionals with key legal, policy, and background information as well as guidance materials and tools essential for the refugee status determination process. Unparalleled experience in training refugee professionals – Since 2008, ORAM has trained hundreds of refugee and asylum professionals from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), refugee service centers, local government agencies, and non-governmental organizations including in Australia, India, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Specialized expertise on the most vulnerable refugee populations – Our training programs build on years of direct experience with refugees, rigorous research, and best practices for trainers of intercultural groups on topics ranging from forced migration to sexual orientation, gender, and gender-based violence. Targeted programs to address the needs of varying refugee professionals – Our training programs are tailored to meet the needs of different refugee professionals. We train adjudicators and refugee status determination officers, interpreters, refugee and asylum program managers and policymakers, refugee service and resettlement professionals, health and human rights professionals, guards, drivers, and other frontline staff. Specially crafted toward a wide range of cultures and religious traditions – Our training programs provide a safe and respectful space for participants of all cultures and religions to understand sensitive issues involving vulnerable refugees such as sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; creating room for honest questions and dialogue. The only lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) global civil society organization working in forced migration – ORAM offers the special expertise and perspective of the LGBTI community itself to training and consultation. Practical guidance and tools for refugee and asylum offices – Our training and interviewing tools guide adjudicators in objectively assessing the credibility and eligibility of vulnerable refugee and asylum claims. For example, our toolkit explains key terminology and concepts of sexual and gender nonconformity (SGN) and explores the life experiences and characteristics of SGN individuals. To inquire about or book a training, please email ORAM is now scheduling free Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity training for relevant organizations through June 30, 2016. ORAM is deeply grateful to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), our funders The Arcus Foundation, The Oak Foundation, the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refuge and Migration, and many generous individual supporters, for making this training possible.