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The Sexuality, Women & Gender Public Lecture Series 

“LGBTQ Asylum Seekers” 

In this public lecture, Dr. Kim Baranowski will introduce the forms of persecution experienced by LGBTQ asylum seekers in their countries of origin and immigration detention settings. The presentation will include a discussion of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQI survivors of human rights abuses as they apply for protected immigration status in the United States.

Kim Baranowski, PhD, is a Lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology. As the Associate Director of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program, she works to advance health, dignity,
and justice, both locally and globally, through advocacy, research, training, and the documentation of the mental health correlates of torture and persecution. She has trained over 450 practitioners to provide pro-bono forensic psychological evaluations of asylum seekers. In 2018, she was awarded the American Psychological Association Citizen Psychologist Presidential Citation for her sustained commitment to leadership in advocacy and supporting survivors of human rights violations.


Individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to request disability-related accommodations by contacting OASID at oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, (646) 755-3144 videophone, as early as possible.