Who We Are

ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration – started as the only international organization devoted solely to advocating for sexual and gender minority refugees fleeing persecution and violence. Drawing upon our extensive work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugee protection, we are expanding our work to assist other exceptionally vulnerable refugee populations facing extreme persecution in desperate need of our help.

helping refugees

ORAM is a pioneer in the protection of exceptionally vulnerable refugees. We are a thought leader trusted by governments, international agencies, aid organizations and refugees alike. ORAM enables the international community to protect exceptionally vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers. We deliver cutting edge research, tools, publications, training and empirically based assessment programs to refugee professionals, institutions and governments around the world. Our essential work safeguards integrity and capacity in international refugee protection.

Since its founding in 2008, ORAM has produced groundbreaking research publications, developed powerful refugee protection tools, trained thousands of adjudicators and protection professionals, and directly assisted hundreds of individual refugees. Our training of refugee professionals in fifteen countries has impacted over a million refugee and asylum applicants.

Our planet is witnessing an unprecedented rise in extreme violence and intolerance, forcing millions from their homelands. For the majority of these refugees, the only viable destination is transit countries where most will spend years or decades. The humanitarian sector—government refugee agencies, non-governmental organizations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), community and faith-based organizations—is struggling to cope with these increasingly desperate masses.

Among those displaced, certain refugees are at extreme risk of harm and violence and need our protection urgently. These include sexual and gender minorities, children, victims of torture and rape, pregnant women, victims of human trafficking, the disabled, the elderly, persons with life-threatening illnesses and those facing renewed attack in transit countries. Drawing upon our leadership, know-how and seminal work on sexual and gender minority refugees, we support these exceptionally vulnerable refugee populations facing extreme persecution in desperate need of help.

Guiding the humanitarian sector to create safety for these individuals is paramount. Join us in protecting the world’s most vulnerable refugees.