The LGBTI advisory Panel is an independent body hosted by the IARS International Institute. This newly formed body is a key feature of the 2-year pan-European Erasmus+ funded project "Equipping Professionals for Supporting LGBT refugees (EPSILON). The Advisory panel consists of 18 LGBT migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, LGBT campaigners, psychologists and other professionals and researchers from 7 countries across Europe.
The Panel’s main role is to scrutinise, guide and support the implementation of EPSILON and ensure that all outcomes are of high quality and responsive to the specific needs of its target groups. Panel members have been drawn together from all five project partners, IARS in the UK, CARDET in Cyprus, KMOP in Greece, Movisie in Netherlands an Anziani in Italy and will interact with the project digitally through a closed Facebook group and Skype meetings.
(Epsilon Advisory Board Member said: “In the aftermath of the refugee crisis that Europe is facing, I believe it is essential to have a close look to one of the most vulnerable category, namely LGBT refugees. I decided to participate in the Epsilon project to give my personal contribution in order to better understand the instances and the needs of LGBT refugees, and how we can implement good practices.”