Emergency Response Resources for Individuals Fleeing Iraq

With the recent increase in violence in Iraq, IGLHRC recognizes that many people, including members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans community, fear for their lives.

While our usual strategy is to work with LGBT people to document human rights violations and fight for change within their own communities, we also know that is not an option for some.

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees has increased its presence in Iraq and surrounding countries to safely harbor people fleeing the country.

Below you will find:

  1. Contact information for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) near Iraq; and
  2. An affidavit testifying to the fact that anyone suspected of being LGBT in Iraq might credibly have a well-founded fear of persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The purpose of the affidavit is to summarize evidence and research on country conditions in Iraq for LGBT individuals. The affidavit might be used

  1. by U.S. visa applicants as an appendix to SIV, P2, or asylum applications; or
  2. by officials in immigration or administrative proceedings for LGBT persons to supplement other country condition reports, which often lack information on persecution of LGBT people.

Download the affidavit (PDF) »

UNHCR contact list for Middle East/North Africa (PDF) »
UNHCR contact list for neighboring countries to Iraq (HTML) » (PDF) »