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Immigration Detention Study and the Collaborative Working Group for LGBT Asylum and Refugees

in UNITED STATES, 19/03/2012

Research Institute Without Walls (riww.org) invites others involved in LGBT asylum and refugee issues to join the Collaborative Working Group for LGBT Asylum and Refugees. Our first project is a study of LGBT persons in immigration detention. Please contact ariel.shidlo@riww.org for more information.

Immigration Detention Study and the Collaborative Working Group for LGBT Asylum and Refugees

The Research Institute Without Walls (riww.org) invites others involved in LGBT asylum and refugee issues to join the Collaborative Working Group for LGBT Asylum and Refugees.

Our first project is a study of LGBT persons in immigration detention. It is being conducted by Ariel Shidlo, PhD, Joanne Ahola, MD (both of RIWW) and Mike Corradini, J.D., of Physicians for Human Rights (phr.org). Our goal is to document the impact of immigration detention on the mental health of LGBT persons. 

Physicians for Human Rights, Immigration Equality, East Bay Community Law Center (Berkley, CA), and Psychologists for Social Responsibility are our first member groups.

The purpose of the Collaborative Working Group is to share information and coordinate
research on the psychological effects of persecution and torture because of sexual
orientation and gender identity in asylum seekers. This population faces special mental
health challenges when navigating the challenges of rebuilding their lives.

One of the challenges of attorneys, activists, and clinicians in assisting LGBT asylum
seekers and refugees is that there are limited empirical data on the mental health sequelae of human rights violations in this population.

We invite groups and individuals to join us in the formation and development of a
working group that will allow us to collaborate on documenting the experiences of our
clients. Gathering empirical data will allow us to more effectively help LGBT asylum
seekers and refugees.

If you know of LGBT persons who hae been in immigration detention and would be willing to be interviewed, please have them contact us.  

Please contact ariel.shidlo@riww.org for more information.

 

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