Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees - IRQR

at P.O.Box 72604 Greenwin Sq., Toronto, M4W 3S9 Canada

We provide support and counseling to LGBT refugees Provide education, guidance, and support to Iranian LGBT individuals making asylum claims during their resettlement process.

Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees - IRQR
P.O.Box 72604 Greenwin Sq.
Toronto , ON M4W 3S9
Contact Phone
P: +1-416-985-7456


IRQR is a registered charity in Canada. We provide support and counselling to Iranian queers worldwide.This support includes but is not subject to; financial aid for shelter, food and healthcare. IRQR follows up with their Iranian queer refugee cases from when to leave until they arrive in a safe country and are supportive during the entire refugee process. Our goal is to eliminate Iranian queer issues as part of mainstream human rights discourse. This will be completed through media presence, contributions to high-profile events and lobbying. IRQR regularly visits Turkey to meet refugees, document their situation and collect their feedback on IRQR activities. We have witnessed significant changes in the Iranian society in that last ten years, which confirms that it is achievable. As of January 2014, IRQR was able to help process more than 820 refugee applications since 2005. Approximately 66% of refugees who approached IRQR were successfully granted refugee status. We provide consultations to about 90 clients per week;this includes working with queer people who currently live in Iran, Iran’s neighbouring countries such as Turkey and in Canada. IRQR has worked closely with UNHCR office, NGOs and the government to assist refugees. Whenever possible IRQR extends financial and educational support to those currently in transit countries through donations. We connect asylum seekers and refugees with UNHCR offices around the world. IRQR has the commitment to help refugees resettle in safe countries through referrals for housing, employment, legal aid; as well as supporting clients through emotional and health related issues. In the last few years, we were able to build a simple structure and focus upon enabling Iranian queer asylum seekers to be safe on their journey and arrive in a new country to live and be free. Assist persecuted LGBT Iranians seeking asylum to find refuge to live free and equal in dignity and rights.

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