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Drafts Guidelines for LGBT Refugees' Resettlement

Heartland Alliance International's Rainbow Welcome Initiative is pleased to release a new tool for voluntary agencies and refugee resettlement affiliates to help them assure high quality services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) refugees.  These guidelines are written as a scored checklist, which enables resettlement agencies to determine their overall readiness to assist LGBT refugees, and also to identify specific strengths and challenges.

These guidelines are advisory and non-binding, but we hope agencies will take a few minutes with their staff to utilize this new tool.  These guidelines will be useful as organizations plan for incoming refugee flows and pursue professional development opportunities. 

Questions regarding the tool and other resources can be directed to Daniel Weyl at dweyl@heartlandalliance.org or 312-660-1670.

 




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