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Research on the effect of COVID-19 on our community

The report is published by Georgetown University and co-authored by our executive director!

Read report here.

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New research on surviving as an LGBTI+ migrant in South Africa

Dr. Alessi and colleagues share their focus group and interview findings from their time working with PASSOP clients.

Read the report here:

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Global media coverage of our report!

Bay Area Reporter and MambaOnline review our report on LGBTI+ access to asylum in South Africa.

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New Frame reviews our report on LGBTI+ access to asylum in South Africa

In a review of our new report, Jan Bornman writes: “[H]ome affairs officials consistently fell short in a number of legal obligations when reviewing the applications of LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers, contravening elements of several pieces of legislation.”

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Government Submission: Hate Crimes Working Group

A collaboration of civil society organisations makes submissions on the draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

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New Report On The Denial Of Administrative Justice For LGBTI+ Asylum Seekers In South Africa

Based on research conducted by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) and the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) this report validates what LGBTI+ asylum seekers coming to South Africa have been saying for years – it suggests that these individuals are being denied administrative justice, be it due to direct discrimination or procedural errors.

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Migrant organisations warn of the dangers of vaccine nationalism

Migrant organisations and researchers warn about the dangers of a denying migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented people access to COVID-19 vaccination.

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Grassroots organisations condemn mass deportation during COVID-19 pandemic

The C19 People’s Coalition – of which PASSOP is a member – condemns calls for the mass deportation of foreign nationals from South Africa. It demands urgent action from government to prevent xenophobic violence.

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Our open letter on xenophobia during COVID lockdowns

The public statements communicating South Africa’s efforts to fight COVID-19 have excluded migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers living in this country – almost all of whom are African.

This exclusion fuels xenophobic attitudes and intensifies the human and economic toll of COVID-19. It is also inconsistent with the crisis of the times, the preamble of the South African Constitution and your role as the chair of the African Union.

Read full statement here.

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Internship opportunities beginning in August

We are excited for the interns from Italy and the USA that will join us from May until August 2019. Are you also interested in learning more about PASSOP and getting involved yourself? Apply now for an internship by sending us your CV and filled our application form to internship.passop@gmail.com.