LGBT refugee leader steps down

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03/27/2019

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration’s founder and leader announced he would be stepping down from the LGBT-focused organization after a decade of advocating for queers fleeing persecution and violence in their homelands. Neil Grungras, who founded the organization and served as its executive director, announced his departure in an email to the ORAM community March 22. The American Refugee Committee, ORAM’s parent organization since 2017, and its board are already searching for a new leader, Grungras wrote. ARC didn’t respond to the Bay Area Reporter’s request for comment. ORAM was founded in San Francisco in 2008 and operated in both the city and Tel Aviv, Israel. Its new headquarters is in Minneapolis, with a field office in Berlin.

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