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Panel talk at Stockholm Pride: How may I compensate you for your help? The borders between helping and sexual exploitation
August 4, 2022 @ 16:45 - 17:30
Rainbow Refugees takes part of Stockholm Pride. Panel talk:
LGBTQ refugees often lack nuclear family and social networks that can aid them socially, economically and emotionally making them vulnerable. Simultaneously, they are subject of homo- and transphobia at the asylum accommodations provided by the Swedish Migration Authority. These are often located to rural areas, quite isolated from the overall society and other LGBTQ individuals. Therefore, they seek help from individuals in the LGBTQ community – through organizations, dating applications and social media. Help with the most imminent needs – a roof over the head, food, clothes and hygiene products – or travels to/from the asylum camps or a mobile phone to communicate with the outside world on. Some who are offering help are there for their own gain and they seek compensation for their “services”. During this panel talk, Maria Källner, chairperson of Rainbow Refugees Sweden, Thomas Wimark, associate Professor at Uppsala University, and Kickis Åhré Älgamo, Grova brott Citypolisen, discuss the limits and the borders between helping and exploitation. Maria Källner has long experience from working with LGBTQ refugees and base her reflections on work in several different organizations. Thomas Wimark has conducted research on and with LGBTQ refugees for several years and has many recent publications on the subject. Kickis Åhré Älgamo works at the department of Grova brott Citypolisen and has a long experience of working with sexual crimes.
Please note the talk will be in Swedish.