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Invitation to join study of #LGBT persons in immigration detention & collaborative #LGBT asylum working group

January 18, 2012

via Ariel Shidlo of Research Institute Without Walls:

The Research Institute Without Walls, an NGO that does collaborative research on the impact of human rights violations on LGBT mental health invites you to join the Collaborative Working Group for LGBT Asylum and Refugees.

Physician for Human RightsImmigration Equality, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility are our first member groups.

The purpose of the Collaborative Working Group is to share information and coordinate research on the psychological effects of persecution and torture because of sexual orientation and gender identity in asylum seekers. This population faces special mental health challenges when navigating the challenges of rebuilding their lives.

We invite groups and individuals to join us in the formation and development of a working group that will allow us to collaborate on documenting the experiences of our clients. Gathering empirical data will allow us to more effectively help LGBT asylum seekers and refugees.

Our first project is a collaboration with Mike Corradini, asylum advocacy associate and attorney at Physicians for Human Rights. We are conducting the first empirical study on the impact of immigration detention on the mental health of LGBT refugees.

We are seeking LGBT persons who have been in detention who are willing to be interviewed about their experiences.

Please let us know if you would be interested in joining the Collaborative Working Group and/or might be able to refer to us LGBT persons who’ve been in immigration detention, who may be willing to be interviewed. Participation is confidential and interviews can be  conducted by telephone. For more information, you can contact Ariel Shidlo, PhD at

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