Refugees Welcome Here! Advocacy Training

February 29, 2016 @ 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Moot Court, Osgoode Hall Law School (Ignatt Kaneff Building)
4700 Keele St
North York, ON M3J
John Carlaw




Refugees Welcome Here! Advocacy Training

with Christina Harrison Baird (Osgoode ’96)

Refugees Welcome Here Campaign Coordinator

Amnesty International | Amnistie internationale | Canadian Council for Refugees


Monday, February 29, 2016


Moot Court, Osgoode Hall Law School (Ignatt Kaneff Building),

York University Keele Campus

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Refugee protection in Canada is enjoying a renaissance, with the generous response of people across the country to the dire situation of Syrian refugees. The CCR/Amnesty International Canada Refugees Welcome Here! campaign seeks to build on this compassion and energy to ensure that Canada 1) creates sustainable systems and an ongoing commitment to refugee resettlement, 2) ensures fairness for refugee claimants in Canada and 3) gives refugees a warm welcome and the best possible opportunity to make Canada home. We want to make sure Canadians are well informed about refugees, their needs and rights, and work together with refugees to ensure that respect for refugee rights is an integral part of Canadian policy.

Christina Harrison Baird (Osgoode ’96) is a lawyer specializing in international human rights and migration. Christina has previously worked to protect refugees as a part of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on three continents, as the Canadian focal point for the UNHCR¹s work on human trafficking, and was the Coordinator for the Anti-trafficking Project of the Canadian Council for Refugees from 2010-2011. She has taught International Refugee Law, Public International Law and Human Rights at Carleton University. Christina is coordinating the Canada-wide refugee awareness campaign of Amnesty International, Amnestie internationale and the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Topics the training is to accessibly cover: 1) Introduction to Refugee Rights in Canada, 2) Advocacy for Refugee Rights, 3) Calls for Action, particularly revolving around Refugee Rights Day (April 4).

Event Contact: John Carlaw, Project Lead, Syria Response and Refugee Initiative ,


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This event forms part of Refugee Advocacy Week, organized by York University’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative ( and Osgoode’s International Legal Partnership (

Further resources:

York U Refugee Advocacy Week facebook page:

Canadian Council for Refugees Refugee Welcome Here! Page:

Amnesty International Canada Information Page on the Syria Refugee Crisis: