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Minneapolis, MN (30th September, 2019) – ORAM, Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration is pleased to announce the appointment of Charlie Rounds to its Board of Directors. His appointment accompanies the departure of Board Chair, Rochelle Fortier Nwadibia who has stepped down after four years of service on the board.

Rounds has been a global human rights strategist and LGBTIQ travel executive for over three decades. He is currently the Program Manager at Mossier Social Action and Innovation Center, working on enhancing the well-being of the global LGBTIQ community, including LGBTIQ refugees as well as the global travel and hospitality industry. Rounds has previously served as a Board Member for the Center for Victims of Torture, as well as Amnesty International’s Executive Director’s Leadership Council. ORAM is delighted to welcome Rounds back onto its Board.

“I am very excited and honored to be returning to ORAM’s board. I’m eager to continue developing new ways of addressing the unique and urgent challenges facing LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees today. Steve Roth is the right person to lead ORAM in the next phase of its development and I look forward to doing all I can to support and expand ORAM’s efforts on behalf of the community”. – Charlie Rounds

“I am thrilled to welcome Charlie Rounds on board and I look forward to working alongside him closely to improve the lives of LGBTIQ refugees around the world. I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to Rochelle for her dedicated service to ORAM and the board. Rochelle’s commitment to our mission and values over the last several years has strengthened ORAM, enabling more LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugee’s lives be touched. We’re very grateful for her dedication and expertise.” – ORAM Executive Director Steve Roth

“It has been a pleasure to serve on the ORAM board. I greatly appreciate the time I spent with the other board members, creating and envisioning the most effective ways to support vulnerable LGBTIQ refugees worldwide. I am so proud of all we have accomplished in the last few years, and I have no doubt that ORAM will continue these successes in the future”. – Rochelle Fortier Nwadibia About ORAM

Founded in 2008, ORAM is dedicated to the protection of LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees worldwide. ORAM collaborates with local stakeholders and beneficiaries to ensure that its work is built around the people it serves. Through capacity building, ground-breaking research and collaborative relationships with governments, international organizations and NGO’s worldwide, ORAM has successfully increased system-wide awareness and protection of LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees and continues to deliver special expertise in this constantly evolving field.

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