ORAM Special Bulletin – Testing Our Resolve (After the US Election)

USA MapIn Nov 2016 ORAM sent out an email to supporters.  Some of the text is excerpted below.  The email also pointed to two important articles

This Is Why Human Rights As We Know Them Could End Under Trump


It has been an exhausting week for us all on so many levels. The US electorate has spoken, and the verdict is dire for many of the refugees yearning to reach safe shores. For years, the US has taken in over 70 percent of the world’s refugees. If the incoming administration follows through on its campaign platform, Middle East refugees fleeing the most brutal persecution in modern times will be stopped from entering the US.

The US has served as an example for other nations to follow. It has been the leader in refugee resettlement, funding over half of the budget of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The looming changes threaten US support for dozens of refugee NGOs and governments and through them tens of thousands of individual refugees.

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump
Refugees advocates have expressed fear over the U.S. refugee resettlement program under a Trump administration.

For LGBT refugees, the coming changes will be cataclysmic. Even under the Obama administration, the US has admitted only a tiny handful of LGBT people fleeing Syria and Iraq. Under President Trump, that number could be reduced to zero. For some of those refugees hiding and clinging on to life in places like Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, this could spell the difference between life and death. Just as troublingly, LGBT refugees world-wide will now be competing for protection and resettlement slots in an ever-fraying, tattered system.

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