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Vision and Mission

Vision

Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW) actively promotes the core principle that all persons, regardless of any actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) are entitled to the full enjoyment of physical and mental health, universal human rights, and dignity.

We are committed to the realization of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, as stated in the Yogyakarta Principles, without discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

To that end we work toward an international collaborative network of researchers, activists, attorneys, social workers, caseworkers, and clinicians.

Mission

RIWW conducts research, provides training, and disseminates information pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity at the multiple intersections of mental health and human rights.

RIWW’s ongoing community-based research, training and dissemination work represents an international network of researchers, activists, attorneys, social workers, case workers, and clinicians involved in documenting and analyzing the human rights conditions, mental health needs, and resilience of persons punitively targeted or otherwise marginalized on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

RIWW has two main areas of research, training and dissemination: (1) the impact of human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity and their impact on the mental health of and HIV risk; and (2) the mental health challenges and needs of asylum seekers and refugees who flee persecution rationalized on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.