People from LGBTQ+ communities seek immigration to escape institutionalized violence, imprisonment and persecution based on their sexual identities in their home countries. In recent years, the global political climate has increased its scrutiny and hostility toward immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, especially from LGBTQ+ groups.
The document published by American Psychological Association offers a rich context behind the immigration of LGBTQ+ members, the complexity of the immigration process, assessments of their trauma and finally navigating systems with accessible and effective mental healthcare. It offers guidelines for clinicians to contextualize a client’s history of trauma to support their right to safety and healthcare.
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