Forcibly Displaced People’s Network Australia (FDPN) is reaching out to you with an urgent opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of LGBTIQ+ individuals whose Permanent Protection Visas have been approved and are waiting for community groups to be able to build their life in Australia.  

Context  

LGBTIQ+ individuals worldwide face persecution and discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics. Less than 1% of all refugees will ever be resettled. The average wait time for resettlement is 17 years or more, leaving them in constant danger in their home country or a third country. The situation is even worse for LGBTIQ+ refugees as it is extremely unsafe to wait for resettlement and very unlikely for protection to be granted.  

Call for action  

There is an unprecedented window of opportunity to be able to support LGBTIQ+ refugees to resettle in Australia through a Federal community sponsorship program. To put it simply, we are looking for groups of 5 queer people or strong allies willing to help.  

We are launching a campaign to raise awareness and mobilize support for sponsoring LGBTIQ+ refugees who have already been approved for permanent protection visas and need to be linked to community groups willing to support them to settle in Australia. We need your help to ensure these individuals can escape the dangers they face and find a safe home in Australia.  

We ask for your assistance in sharing this incredible opportunity within your organization and networks. By joining forces, we can amplify our message and encourage others to step forward and become sponsors for LGBTIQ+ refugees.  

We have a chance to bring LGBTIQ+ refugees to safety now.  

Here’s how you can contribute:  

  1.  Create a group of 5 and start the process! Let us know when you have a group or if you need a hand finding others: ly/EOI_CRISP 
  2. Share the information: 

FDPN social media is the place to find posters with our information sessions. People interested to form a group or support this project can contact us at Community.sponsorship@fdpn.org.au. We urge you to share this message widely, leveraging your community or organisation’s communication channels and networks.  

 Register for next information session https://bit.ly/IS_FDPN  

  1. Encourage people at your community or organisation to join an information session:  

Consider getting your community/network/organisation to host an information session. This session will present the program in detail and address questions and concerns.  

  1. Support a local Group – help with fundraising or donate useful items. 

There are many ways in which your community or organization can support a group. Reach out to community.sponsorship@fdpn.org.au to arrange a meeting.  

  1. Collaborate: 

If your community or organization has upcoming events, conferences, or networking opportunities, we would greatly appreciate the chance to collaborate and share our message.  

  

Your support will not only provide practical assistance but will also contribute to building a more inclusive and welcoming society, where all individuals can find safety, acceptance, and a chance to thrive.  

If you are interested in partnering with us or have any questions regarding the program, please don’t hesitate to reach out via the email above. 

FDPN is partnering with Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia (CRSA) to train and support community groups who are interested in sponsoring an LGBTIQ+ refugee or an LGBTIQ+ couple.  

Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of those who need it most.  

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