LGBTI Migrants in Immigration Detention: A Global Perspective

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This academic article is relevant for humanitarian and development practitioners as it outlines the specific challenges faced by LGBTI migrants in detention and provides practical recommendations to ensure the rights of LGBTI migrants are protected.

This academic article examines the unique challenges faced by LGBTI migrants in detention centres across the globe. The article looks at international law in relation to LGBTI migrants and shows how their human rights may be compromised while in detention. The article highlights that LGBTI migrants are particularly vulnerable to violence and sexual assault in detention. Further challenges, including the exacerbation of anxiety and depression from persecution in their countries of origin, access to hormone treatment therapies for transgender migrants and HIV treatment for migrants who are HIV positive are outlined as complex challenges faced by some LGBTI migrants in detention.

The article concludes by calling for greater awareness and research on the experiences of LGBTI migrants in detention. The authors also offer recommendations for states to follow to ensure the rights of LGBTI migrants are protected. They argue that alternatives to detention should be offered for migrants who self-identify as sexual minorities. If detention is required, as a last resort, the authors affirm that states must ensure detention facilities and staff are adequately trained to care for and protect the rights of LGBTI migrants.

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“More substantive data will help people better understand the severity of the human rights violations against LGBTI detainees, drawing attention to a group that has typically fallen off the radar of policies meant to safeguard detainees, and enabling states to garner the political will to reform those policies in light of their unique needs."

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This academic article examines the unique challenges faced by LGBTI migrants in detention centres across the globe. The article looks at international law in relation to LGBTI migrants and shows how their human rights may be compromised while in detention. The article highlights that LGBTI migrants are particularly vulnerable to violence and sexual assault in detention. Further challenges, including the exacerbation of anxiety and depression from persecution in their countries of origin, access to hormone treatment therapies for transgender migrants and HIV treatment for migrants who are HIV positive are outlined as complex challenges faced by some LGBTI migrants in detention.

The article concludes by calling for greater awareness and research on the experiences of LGBTI migrants in detention. The authors also offer recommendations for states to follow to ensure the rights of LGBTI migrants are protected. They argue that alternatives to detention should be offered for migrants who self-identify as sexual minorities. If detention is required, as a last resort, the authors affirm that states must ensure detention facilities and staff are adequately trained to care for and protect the rights of LGBTI migrants.