Highlighted opportunities for training, practice and research. 

With LGBT people facing forced migration and torture around the world, psychologists are getting involved with assisting in the humanitarian response. Psychology graduate students, forensic psychologists and other scientists, and clinicians, on working with displaced, escaping or physically and psychologically victimized LGBT people.

The various organizations highlighted here provide clinical psychologists with opportunities to offer pro-bono assessment and counseling services. This is also a topic area with great potential for researchers to make significant contributions.

Training and Support
Forensic Psychological Evaluations
Legal Advocacy
Legal Aid
  • Refugee Law Project (RLP)
    The RLP was established in 1999 to provide legal aid to asylum seekers and refugees in Uganda.

  • Heartland Alliance International initiatives

  • National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
    Heartland Alliance's NIJC is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation and public education. Since its founding three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change. Read about their LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative.

  • Heartland Alliance International's Rainbow Welcome Initiative is the nation's first technical assistance project dedicated to building refugee resettlement agencies' capacity to respond to the specific needs and vulnerabilities of LGBT refugees. The Rainbow Welcome Initiative develops and disseminates original resources to agencies, refugees and asylees, conducts state-wide and regional training workshops, and provides in-person and remote consultation to practitioners working with LGBT refugees and asylees.

Rescue and Assistance
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
    HIAS is the international migration agency of the American Jewish community. It provides rescue and refuge for persecuted and oppressed Jews around the world, and assists refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds.
  • Protection in the city: some good practice in Nairobi (PDF,346KB)
    Despite a challenging protection environment, an assistance program for LGBTI refugees in Nairobi offers examples of good practice that could be replicated in other urban settings. 
  • HealthRight International (formerly Doctors of the World-USA)
    Founded in 1993, HealthRight International's Human Rights Clinic mobilizes the health sector to assist survivors of torture and abuse seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief in the U.S.
  • Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW)
    RIWW is the only NGO in the world whose focus is training and research on the mental health needs of persons who face persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity. RIWW Provides training and research in the area of LGBTI asylum and offers free training and mentoring to psychologists who want to learn how to do psychological evaluations for asylum seekers, including web-based training tools. 

Practice Resources