Geoffrey Cameron, research associate at the Global Migration Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Sabine Lehr, private sponsorship of refugees manager with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
Madison Pearlman, Lawyer
Luann Good Gingrich, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the Global Labour Research Centre at York University
Kaylee Perez, Migration and Resettlement Associate at Mennonite Central Committee in Ontario
Moderator: Shauna Labman, associate professor of human rights in the Global College at the University of Winnipeg
Canada’s private refugee sponsorship program is a remarkable example of cooperation between grassroots religious groups and the Canadian government. In what ways has the development of private sponsorship been influenced by religious groups, and how do religious groups engage with government processes in the work of refugee resettlement? Panelists will draw from their chapters in the recently-published volume, Strangers to Neighbours: Refugee Sponsorship in Context (MQUP 2020).
Geoffrey Cameron is research associate at the Global Migration Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. He has a PhD from the University of Toronto, where he was a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, and an MPhil from the University of Oxford. His forthcoming book is Send Them Here: Religion and Refugee Resettlement in North America (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021), and he is co-editor of Strangers to Neighbours: Refugee Sponsorship in Context (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020)
Sabine Lehr is private sponsorship of refugees manager with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. Sabine currently serves as chair of the Council of the Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association and has previously been a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council for Refugees. Sabine has a Master of Business Administration degree in international management from the University of London, Royal Holloway; a PhD in Educational Studies from the University of Victoria; and a Postgraduate Certificate in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from York University.
Madison Pearlman is a lawyer in Toronto with a cross-sectional practice focused on human rights, privacy and health law for not-for-profits and people with disabilities. She holds a masters in Refugees and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research has focused primarily on the integration of children’s rights in Canada’s Refugee status determination procedures, access to justice for newcomers and the relationship between civil society and refugee resettlement in Canada.
Luann Good Gingrich is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the Global Labour Research Centre at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research investigates the interface of social welfare and human services, inequality and diversity, and migration studies. She applies her theoretical and empirical work to the development of approaches to research, social policy and practice that analyse and interrupt the processes and outcomes of social exclusion.
Kaylee Perez is the Migration and Resettlement Associate at Mennonite Central Committee in Ontario, based in Waterloo. She also currently serves as the Vice Chair of the National Sponsorship Agreement Holders Council in Canada and is working with Refugee613, part time, to coordinate a national project called ReSpo: Reviewing and Renewing Refugee Sponsorship.
Thea Enns works in the area of refugee resettlement in Canada. She holds a MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and has worked on various research papers focusing on the private sponsorship of refugees program.
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