American cities must add refugee assistance to particular city agencies' responsibilities. We cannot simply wait for LGBT asylum seekers to wander into a community center and then scramble to find homestays, food and legal assistance. But community-based groups need to be involved.
A survey conducted by ORAM and Indiana University found that while NGOs worldwide provide crucial protection for refugees, these very groups often fail to adequately protect LGBTI refugees. Many ignore the refugees' unique plight or are ill-equipped to work with queer people.
The Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) has just released the first-ever guide to welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people fleeing persecution in their home countries.