ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration

Founded in 2008, ORAM is the first migration organization focusing exclusively on refugees fleeing sexual and gender-based violence worldwide. ‘A new network spanning national, ethnic, religious, racial and gender divides, ORAM provides clients with free legal representation and conducts advocacy and education on their behalf.
Through the creative marriage of modern technology and legal expertise, ORAM provides clients isolated in countries-of-transit with free counseling and assistance. ‘ORAM’s advocacy encompasses non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations, governments and community groups. ‘Educational efforts include lectures, writings and a variety of presentation modes.

VISIT WEBSITE: www.oraminternational.org

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November 28, 2010

Launching a nonprofit

One month before moving to Tel Aviv, Israel in March 2009, I began my position as Communications Director for ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration. Founded in 2008, ORAM is the first migration organization focusing exclusively on refugees fleeing sexual and gender-based violence worldwide. ORAM’s vital work includes providing clients with free legal representation and conducting advocacy and education on their behalf.

During my year and a half with the humanitarian NGO, coverage I generated included PerezHilton, The Advocate, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Gay News, EDGE Publications, The Forward, and DNA.

ORAM also afforded me a tremendous opportunity to expand my skill set. I wrote and maintained the entire website, built relationships with other institutions including NGOs, academic programs and law schools, and trade and professional groups, and I managed a staff of interns spanning three continents.

I departed in May 2010 when ORAM moved into their new offices in San Francisco and remain very proud of my role in successfully launching this vitally needed organization. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) refugees are among the most persecuted people in the world today. ORAM remains the first and only NGO to focus exclusively on their plight.