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Resource Round-Up: Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Clients

In recognition of Pride, Switchboard has compiled this resource round-up. It includes materials designed for organizations and case managers serving LGBTQI+ clients, including how to create welcoming environments, ensure use of inclusive language, and address the unique needs of this population.

    • Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM) and TENT Partnership for Refugees, How Companies can Mentor LGTBQ Refugees (2020): This guidebook is intended to provide companies with guidance on how to establish and implement professional mentorship programs for LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers. It includes how to set up a mentorship program, training materials for mentors, and resources for four mentor-mentee meetings.
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    • Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants: Positive Spaces Starter Kit (2014): This toolkit contains five fact sheets and five stories drawn from interviews with LGBTQ+ newcomers, staff and allies.
    • Heartland Alliance, LGBT Refugee Resettlement Guidelines and Agency Self-Assessment (2013): This tool serves as a set of guidelines for resettlement agencies to use for determining which of their affiliates are best suited to accept LGBTQI+ refugees for placement; and as an agency self-assessment to help refugee programs identify strengths and challenges that they may face when resettling LGBTQI+ refugees.

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