The Protection of LGBTI Migrants in Camp Settings
Scolaro & Associates Founder, Brieanna Scolaro, publishes literature review on protecting LGBTI migrants in camp settings. The article can be found in the online and print version of the Harvard Kennedy School LGBTQ Policy Journal.
This paper examines the dangers presented to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI) persons who find themselves among the 2.6 million forcibly displaced persons living in camp settings. While some LGBTI individuals flee due to the persecution of their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression (SOGIE), others are forcibly displaced by a political, economic or social crisis. After briefly outlining the grounds for formal protection such as international human rights law and the 1951 Convention, I identify challenges to individual safety and well-being in camp settings, including barriers within the humanitarian process itself. A series of concrete recommendations are accompanied by best practices from the United Nations and community-based organizations to showcase how future efforts can enhance protection at the individual, programmatic and global levels.