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Out of the shadows: the precarious lives of Venezuelan LGBTQI+ asylum-seekers in Brazil

Countries: Brazil, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) Source: ODI - Humanitarian Practice Network by Tyler Valiquette, Yvonne Su and Emilio Felix LGBTQI+ Venezuelans are among the most vulnerable groups in what has become one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world, suffering xenophobia, homophobia, extreme violence and exploitation. An unlikely beacon of hope lies in the middle of the Amazon, where the staff of Casa Miga work to protect and empower them. As the only centre for LGBTQI+ asylum-seekers in Latin America, the Manaus-based shelter houses Venezuelans who have travelled thousands of kilometres to escape violence, hunger and economic collapse, often encountering yet more hardship along the way. This article explores the complex intersectionality of Venezuelan LGBTQI+ asylum-seekers and refugees in Brazil, considering both the social and political elements at play, while demonstrating the need for increased support from the humanitarian sector. Read the full report here


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