ORAM appoints new ED

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07/31/2019

Steve Roth has been tapped to head the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration. ORAM announced Roth’s appointment as the LGBT refugee and asylum organization’s new executive director July 16. Roth, 49, is a gay man and succeeds founder and longtime executive director Neil Grungras, who announced he was stepping down in March. “I’m extremely excited by this new role and this new opportunity,” said Roth, adding he was looking forward to building on Grungras’ work. “It’s an important topic for our time and where sexual orientation and gender identity minorities … fit within that is really important,” he said. “Personally, I don’t feel like [LGBTQI refugees have] been enough a part of the broader conversations that have been happening. That’s something that we want to change.” ORAM, founded in 2008, was the first to recognize the needs of, and serve, LGBT refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants worldwide. The organization became a member of Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee), its parent organization, in 2017.

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