The Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR) exists to support Iranian LGBT/queer people who have fled Iran to escape persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (as homosexuality is a crime punishable by corporal punishment and even death in Iran).
Our goal is:
?To advance human rights for Iranian queers and increase public awareness about the plight of Iranian queer asylum seeker/refugees while providing support to Iranian queers who are discriminated on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.?
In its 5-year history, despite limited resources, the IRQR has helped 705 cases involving LGBTQ Iranian refugees. A modest, Canada-based incorporated NGO, the IRQR is poised to take its activities to the next level.
If you are used to working in a team and looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity with a community-based LGBTQ refugee support organization, the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees’s Board of Directors is currently seeking new Board Members who have any of the following:
- ?Experience in Fundraising would be an asset
- Experience (employment/volunteer/education) in social service, community development, non-profit or settlement sectors
- ? Knowledge/understanding and/or lived experience of refugee issues (employment/education/volunteer/personal)
- ?Previous non-profit Board experience is an asset, especially in organizations moving from one level of operation to an increased level.
It is estimated that board members invest 3-5 hours or up to 1 day/month in communications and committee work. The ideal long-term commitment would be for 2 years but board terms are formally 1 year, renewable at the annual general meeting. Formal board meetings take place every 2 or 3 months. They are usually held in downtown Toronto but since members include directors living outside the city, participation via phone or Internet is common practice.
Interested parties are invited to send their letters of intent and resumes before June 15, 2013 to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org