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. It facilitates international and collaborative research and training on LGBTI mental health. RIWW’s community-based research brings together researchers, activists, attorneys, social workers, caseworkers, and clinicians who are interested in documenting the human rights, mental health needs, and resilience of persons around the world with minority SOGI.

Little empirical data are available on the mental health needs of sexual minorities who suffer human rights violations. RIWW’s mission is to fill this gap through research and training. We do this in the countries where the persecution occurs, as well as in the U.S.–where unknown thousands of refugees seek safety every year. Training and disseminating information on the mental health needs of LGBTI refugees can save lives by helping them obtain asylum and rebuild their lives.

Please contact us at to join your colleagues in other countries in conversation about the effects of human rights violations, violence, and discrimination on sexual minority mental health and HIV-related behavior, and the mental health needs of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.


Research Institute Without Walls, Inc. (RIWW) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in New York. RIWW brings LGBTI mental health and human rights together.