Rainbow Railroad calls on the Biden-Harris Administration to take Action on Global LGBTQI+ Human Rights & Migrant Crisis
In February 2021, President Biden released the Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World, directing American agencies operating abroad “to ensure that United States diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons.”
Given the unique persecution LGBTQI+ populations face globally, it is imperative that the Biden-Harris Administration commit to implementing our calls to increase LGBTQI+ resettlement in the U.S., grant Rainbow Railroad and other like-minded organizations official referral status in order to refer and immediately resettle LGBTQI+ refugees fleeing harm and invest in proven alternatives to detention and non-profit case management. It is through partnerships with organizations like Rainbow Railroad that the U.S. government can effectively intervene to prevent the persecution of, and create new pathways to safety for, LGBTQI+ people.
Read the Executive Summary here.