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Issues LGBT Refugee Resettlement Field Manual

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights is pleased to present Rainbow Response: A Practical Guide to Resettling LGBT Refugees and Asylees. Heartland Alliance developed this field manual with the generous support of the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement.  This publication is intended to support resettlement service providers in their efforts to tailor core services and meet the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender refugees and asylees.

Across the globe, individuals are fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The housing, employment, health, and safety concerns shared by LGBT refugees upon their arrival are unique and require specialized interventions. Rainbow Response, a 65-page how-to guide, addresses the vulnerabilities faced by LGBT refugees and asylees and offers recommendations to resettlement agencies on how they can strengthen service delivery to this community. Interspersed with case scenarios and quizzes, this interactive manual presents best practices for facilitating LGBT refugees’ social integration and self-sufficiency.

Heartland Alliance developed Rainbow Response while conducting a series of regional training workshops this year. The manual is a product of the feedback and insight from refugees, asylees, and resettlement caseworkers across the country. Hard copies of the manual will be delivered to your offices and can be accessed electronically on our resource website.

Heartland Alliances continues to provide on-site and remote technical assistance; questions and concerns regarding a specific case, or requests for training can be directed to Daniel Weyl at dweyl@heartlandalliance.org. For additional information, assessments, links, and resources, please visit www.RainbowWelcome.org.

Click here to read Rainbow Response