#CdnImm Toronto event #5: Refugee rights and legislation
||Thursday, July 05, 2012
||01:00 PM – 04:00 PM
|| North York Central Library Auditorium (inside the North York Centre and directly above the North York Subway station), 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
Greater Toronto Area
With the growth of popularity of the “#CdnImm” hashtag on Twitter, a community has coalesced online to share and discuss timely and relevant topics and information about Canadian immigration. This informal event helps to form this community of online collaborators, to promote connections, encourage further sharing of information, and expand the community of collaborators. This event will host some presentations from collaborators in the sector, followed by a discussion and further information sharing from attendees. Taking place regularly, these events seek to broaden the important discussions happening in the sector as well as increasing and strengthening the bonds between collaborators to improve our understanding of the sector and to improve services.
Event topic: Refugee rights in Canada and expected legislative changes
Aim: The aim of this session is to better understand refugee issues in Canada and the direct impact that legislative changes will have on our refugee population.
Francisco Rico-Martinez: Formally trained as a lawyer and economist, Francisco has been committed to issues of social justice for as long as he can remember. Starting with work in human rights in El Salvador, then solidarity work in Europe, and now work in the field of Refugee Rights in Canada. He is past president of the Canadian Council for Refugees, and has been recognized for his work with the William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award of the City of Toronto and the YMCA Peace Medallion
Loly Rico: Upon arrival in Canada, through her own experience as a refugee Loli became acutely aware of the situation of refugees in this part of the world. In 1991, she and Francisco founded the FCJ Hamilton House Refugee Project, with the invaluable support of the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus. Loly has a deep understanding of what is involved in setting up a safe environment for a vulnerable group, one that invites them to rebuild a sense of self, and gives them tools to regain lost confidence. She is currently Co-Director of the Centre, and head of the settlement services programme.
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