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Neil Grungras
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Neil Grungras is the founder and executive director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM). As a refugee advocate with over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, Mr. Grungras has worked extensively on behalf of vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers. Before founding ORAM, Mr. Grungras was director for Europe and the Middle East at a leading U.S.-based refugee and migration organization. He had previously directed the U.S. Department of State Overseas Processing Entity (“OPE”) for Iranian refugees in Vienna, Austria. There, he managed the processing of thousands of refugees from case inception to arrival in the U.S. Mr. Grungras has served as a refugee law adviser to several NGOs, has lectured and taught extensively on the topic at leading law schools, and co-founded a law school clinic assisting refugees and asylum seekers.

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Rising Numbers of LGBTI Refugees Facing Fight for Survival

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 7:13 PM

The recent upsurge in persecution of LGBTI people across the globe has sent the number of refugee applications rising sharply. As long as the abuses continue, the numbers will surely escalate. However, only a small handful of those who manage to escape base their claims on their sexual orientation or...

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Worried About LGBTI Russians? Worry About What Happens After They Flee

(6) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 6:44 PM

Much of the recent outrage about Russia's anti-gay law misses the full context. Some are calling for a boycott of Russian vodka or the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Right-wing U.S. activists have also entered the fray, taking a stand in favor of the Duma's new legislation. Often forgotten in...

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Support, Not Stereotypes, When Interviewing LGBTI Refugees

(12) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 2:29 PM

When the Canadian legal system erupted into a debate last month over how to prove someone is gay, one of the most enlightened countries in the world showed that even it is not prepared to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people who manage to arrive at...

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