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August 22, 2012

The Road to Safety for LGBTI Refugees

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In December last year, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out strongly in support of global LGBT rights at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Her speech coincided with a directive from President Obama to prioritize the protection of LGBTI rights in U.S. foreign policy. On FirstCast this week, we focus on some of the most vulnerable of the LGBT community: refugees. We look at what the Obama Administration and the international community is and should be doing to protect them from violence and discrimination. Human Rights Firsts’ Duncan Breen provides us his analysis and recommendations for the Obama administration on how to better protect LGBTI refugees from violence and persecution.  He is the author of The Road to Safety, a recent report that looks at the dangers facing LGBTI refugees in Uganda and Kenya.