The Refugee Hub's partners in the community undertake important high-level research, grass-roots work, and advocacy.
Human Rights and Resource Education Centre
Established in 1981, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is one of the oldest human rights research centres in North America and the only one located in the National Capital Region. Its membership is comprised of researchers specialized in law, social sciences and the arts. The HRREC strives to bring educators, researchers, and students together with practitioners with a multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective, in order to promote the respect of human rights and explore the effective protection and enjoyment of such rights for everyone everywhere. The HRREC benefits from a bilingual and bijuridical environment, as well as its strategic location in the national capital. The HRREC places emphasis on certain public interest issues, including migrant rights and immigration policy. For instance, the HRREC:
- coordinates expert panels, documentary screenings and other educational events on migrant / non-citizen rights, and on the human rights implications of forced migration;
- hosts graduate students and research fellows conducting research on forced migration; and
- provides space and logistical support for the University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project, and for the University of Ottawa student chapter of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.
Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
Founded in 2011, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) serves as an informed national voice on refugee law and human rights, and promotes just and consistent practices in the treatment of refugees in Canada. CARL, a non-profit and non-partisan organization, carries out its work promoting the human rights of refugees in the courts, before parliamentary committees, in the media, among its membership via bi-annual conferences, and elsewhere in the public sphere.
CARL’s membership includes over 250 lawyers, academics, and law students from across Canada. Relying on the broad experience of this membership, CARL has a mandate to research, litigate, and advocate on refugee rights and related issues.
Capital Rainbow Refuge
Founded by members of Ottawa’s LGBTQ community, including uOttawa Professor Nicole LaViolette, Capital Rainbow Refuge (CRR) is a diverse group of professionals, lawyers, law students and other community members strongly committed to Canada’s tradition of refugee sponsorship and resettlement.
Through the work of Professor LaViolette, CRR has developed strong links to uOttawa’s Faculty of Law. CRR collaborates with student members of CARL uOttawa and OUTLaw (uOttawa’s LGBTQ Law Students’ Association), sharing its knowledge and experience with the sponsorship side of Canada’s refugee system.
In 2012, uOttawa students supported CRR’s sponsorship and local resettlement of a lesbian couple who fled their homeland because of persecution based on gender and sexual orientation. More recently, CRR has been supporting the resettlement of a gay couple from the Middle East who face violence and harassment because of their sexual orientation.
Refugee 613 is a coalition of citizens, settlement agencies, sponsorship groups and community partners working to provide refugees with the building blocks of successful integration: a warm welcome and access to key services, opportunities and support. As a non-partisan, grassroots effort, they aim to build on Ottawa's settlement services by providing their partners and the public with information, connection and inspiration.
Refugee 613 works hard to keep the public informed on refugee issues in Ottawa and across the country through a variety of platforms. Their team regularly convenes important stakeholders to discuss the health, housing, and policy challenges facing newcomers and to work collaboratively towards effective solutions. Refugee 613 also seeks to inspire the public to become involved in their communities by sharing stories and insights of what Ottawa is doing to welcome refugees through their website, blogs and events.
Refugee Sponsorship Training Program
The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is a program designed to support the Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) of Canada, their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors on a national level (excl. Quebec).
The objective of the RSTP is to address their information and on-going training needs as well as the initial information needs of sponsored refugees. The RSTP regularly hosts training sessions for potential sponsors in partnership with the Hub’s Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) in Ottawa and across the country.