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What we do

RIWW brings LGBT mental health and human rights together. It helps community groups around the world produce mental health and HIV prevention research that can be used to implement LGBT civil and human rights spelled out in the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The Yogyakarta Principles state:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. All human rights are universal, interdependent, indivisible and interrelated. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral to every person’s dignity and humanity and must not be the basis for discrimination or abuse.

Many advances have been made toward ensuring that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities can live with the equal dignity and respect to which all persons are entitled. Many States now have laws and constitutions that guarantee the rights of equality and non-discrimination without distinction on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Nevertheless, human rights violations targeted toward persons because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity constitute a global and entrenched pattern of serious concern. They include extra-judicial killings, torture and ill-treatment, sexual assault and rape, invasions of privacy, arbitrary detention, denial of employment and education opportunities, and serious discrimination in relation to the enjoyment of other human rights. These violations are often compounded by experiences of other forms of violence, hatred, discrimination and exclusion, such as those based on race, age, religion, disability, or economic, social or other status….(http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/48244e602.html)

RIWW also provides training on the mental health needs of LGBT persons who flee persecution. We train mental health and medical clinicians, attorneys, social workers, case workers, and trainees in these fields in the mental health challenges facing LGBT asylum seekers and refugees. Please contact us at info@riww.org for more information.