Citizenship and Immigration Canada partners to help same-sex refugees

New partnership will provide sponsorship money to same-sex refugees

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has partnered with the Rainbow refugee Committee to help share the cost of sponsoring gay refugees.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is providing $100,000 to the Committee, which will be used to support the refugees with income for three months. The Committee itself will help the refugees with food, clothing, accommodation and orientation services.

“These funds are a welcome first step in response to the crisis facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the globe, at a time when seventy-seven countries continue to criminalize homosexuality and five prescribe the death penalty,” said Egale Canada, a national LGBT human rights organization. “The Rainbow Refugee Committee provides critical support to asylum seekers fleeing homophobic and transphobic persecution in their countries of origin.”

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Kenney’s Statement

“Encouraging private sponsors to come forward is vital to refugees in need of protection and to the future of the private sponsorship program,” said Minister Kenney, “Canada has a proud tradition of opening its doors to people from around the world and providing a safe haven to those in need of protection. The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program plays a significant role in the resettlement of refugees from across the globe.”

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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