75 countries in the world still criminalize same-sex sexual acts, and more countries that criminalize 'homosexuality' in other ways, subjecting individuals to dangers, risks, abuses, harassment and violations on the basis of their gender and sexuality. This puts American LGBTQ travelers at great risk when traveling abroad. If sexually assaulted, or victims of a hate crime, it may not be safe to report to law enforcement, obtain medical treatment or press charges against their perpetrators.
In response to an increasing number of American LGBTQ travelers calling our hotline for assistance after being victimized abroad, we have a need for enhanced response to the needs of this vulnerable population. All staff recently underwent a training on responding to LGBTQ victims and we have two full time case managers that identify with the LGBTQ population. With a more robust response, we can better assist LGBTQ with emergency needs after an assault and help them navigate to safety.
We will provide extensive services to 30 LGBTQ victims of sexual assault, hate crimes and interpersonal violence while traveling or living in a foreign country. Services include danger to safety relocation, legal assistance, cash for immediate needs, counseling and long term case management. Case managers will help the victims navigate foreign systems safely preventing re-victimization.