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Who We Are

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The Refugee Hub works at the intersection of research, policy, and programming, fostering innovative, multi-sectoral partnerships in support of refugee protection in Canada and around the world.

Our Story

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2011
We play an active role in establishing the Canadian Association for Refugee Lawyers, a national organization mandated to research, litigate, and advocate on refugee rights, forced migrants and related issues.
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2012
We form the Refugee Law Research Team in response to increased interest in refugee-related issues on campus at uOttawa.
In partnership with the Law Foundation of Ontario we launch the University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP) to address key access to justice challenges for asylum seekers in Canada.
The Refugee Hub is formally established.
With UORAP, the RLRT, and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), the uOttawa campus boasts one of the biggest refugee law programs in Canada.
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2015
The Refugee Hub launches the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) in response to the surge in demand for Private Sponsorship, recruiting and training 1,400+ Canadian lawyers and law students to support those looking to sponsor refugees to Canada.
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2016
The Refugee Hub helps form the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI), a multi-level, public private partnership with the Government of Canada, UNHCR, Open Society Foundations, and the Giustra Foundation created to support other countries that want to establish community sponsorship programs.
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2017
The Refugee Hub launches the Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition (CCBLC) in partnership with CARL, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and colleagues in the US to coordinate a network of Canadian lawyers working to help those impacted by the US President's Executive Order banning entry to the US by individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries, including refugees.
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2018
The Refugee Hub launches the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) Fund in partnership with Jewish Family Services and founding donors the Shapiro Foundation, and founding donors the Shapiro Foundation and the Giustra Foundation.
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2019
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The Refugee Hub launches the 2019 BVOR Fund following the success of the previous year's fund, culminating in more than $7M raised to support the sponsorship of close to 2,000 additional refugees to Canada.
2020
The Refugee Hub and the GRSI establish the COVID-19 response series to facilitate dialogues with the global community sponsorship community on responding to immediate and emerging needs, preserving resettlement and sponsorship systems, and growing protection opportunities amid the pandemic. The workshops drew 300+ participants from 17+ countries, and included the first-ever Global Summit of Community Sponsors.
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