The University of Iowa

International expert to discuss LGBT refugee protection April 13

March 30th, 2010

Neil Grungras, founder and executive director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM), will give a talk on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) refugees from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre (International Commons). Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Grungras’ talk is titled “Is the International Protection Regime Failing the World’s Most Vulnerable Individuals?” Grungras is an internationally known expert in matters of LGBT refugee law and procedure, and ORAM is the first NGO devoted to protecting LGBT refugees worldwide.

The lecture will present international law and procedure against an analysis of ethno-cultural realities in the Global South. Grungras will discuss the unprecedented violence against sexual minorities that has occurred over the last year in several locations worldwide. These acts, described by some as moral cleansing, drove thousands to escape their home countries in search of safety.

This event is co-hosted by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, a part of International Programs, the UI LGBT Resource Center, the UI Department of Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies, and the Iowa City Human Rights Campaign.