Senator Mobina Jaffer
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Appointed to the Senate June 13, 2001, by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Mobina Jaffer represents the province of British Columbia. Senator Jaffer is currently the Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights and has previously served as Canada’s Special Envoy for Peace in Sudan from 2002- 2006 and as the Chair of the Canadian Committee on Women Peace and Security from 2002 – 2005.

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Climate Change Is A Human Rights Issue

(33) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 4:23 PM

The 2014 Germanwatch Climate Change Performance Index ranked Canada dead last in its evaluation of the world's 58 top emitters. Canadians are expecting exactly what has been absent on climate change these past several years: a vision of a Canada, no longer content with the status quo, ready...

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Looks Like 'Serve and Protect' Doesn't Extend To Toronto's Black Community

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Part Five of Senator Jaffer's Blog Series on Systemic Discrimination in our Criminal Justice System (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)

On March 3rd 2014 the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights held a meeting on the topic of...

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The Importance of Minority Women Role-Models for Young Women and Girls

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Part Four of Senator Jaffer's Blog Series on Systemic Discrimination in our Criminal Justice System (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)

When we look at young visible minorities in the criminal justice system, it is easy for the conversation to focus primarily on...

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Visible Minority Youth Aren't Getting Adequate Access to Legal Aid

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:38 PM

Part Three of Senator Jaffer's Blog Series on Systemic Discrimination in our Criminal Justice System (Part One, Part Two)

One of the basic tenants of the Canadian justice system is the right to be represented by a lawyer. If an individual cannot afford a lawyer...

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Toronto's Carding System Is Basically a 'Stop and Frisk' Program

(8) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Part Two of Senator Jaffer's Blog Series on Systemic Discrimination in our Criminal Justice System

Most Canadians regard the police as trusted personnel whose job it is to protect you. When my children were growing up I often told them that if they ever got lost they should go and...

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Understanding Systemic Discrimination in Our Criminal Justice System - Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Visible Minority Youth Need Our Support

On March 3, 2014 the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights met to discuss the issue of visible minority youth and the criminal justice system. As you may be aware, visible minority youth constitute a disproportionate amount of individuals involved in our criminal justice...

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Bringing an End to Teenage Sexual Trafficking - Part 4

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 5:37 PM


After meeting with the young girls, I had the opportunity to visit the High Court in Kolkata, where I was able to witness the roadblocks they face firsthand.

The legal process in Kolkata is simple: first the perpetrator is arrested, and...

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Hold Sex Traffickers Accountable For The Lives They Destroy

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 4:43 PM


After the encounter with the young girl in the street in Kolkata, I was shaken. I did not want to keep going. But the next day I was scheduled to meet face-to-face with a group of trafficked teenagers and so on I went.

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Why I Am Committed to Ending Teenage Sex Trafficking

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 5:00 PM


During my orientation session with International Justice Mission Canada, I was given an introduction to the problem of trafficking in India. I learned that India's population is 1.27 billion. The population of West Bengal is 91 million. Kolkata has a population of 15 million.

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Journey to Kolkata: Bringing an End to Teenage Sex Trafficking

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 3:58 PM


A few months ago, I was asked by International Justice Mission Canada to consider working with them on issues of teenage sexual trafficking in Kolkata, India.

International Justice Mission Canada, in partnership with the U.S.-based International Justice Mission (IJM), is a human rights organization...

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How India Is Dealing With Malaria

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 11:44 PM

Two third of malaria cases in South-East Asia occur in India. According to the World Health Organization, in 2011, 2.15-million parasitologically confirmed malaria cases were reported, with three countries accounting for 95 per cent of confirmed cases: India (61 per cent), Myanmar (22 per cent) and Indonesia (12 per cent)....

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Do We Have the Will to Wipe Out Malaria?

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 6:04 PM

Malaria is an entirely treatable and mostly preventable disease. Less than a century ago it was prevalent across the world, but in high-income countries prevention, monitoring and treatment brought the disease under control and eventually eradicated it. In 1951 the United States hit a milestone by having three years without...

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A Victory for Victims of Sexual Violence

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 5:24 PM

Over the past several years, hundreds of Kenyan girls have gone to the police in the town of Meru to report that they had been raped. The officers responded with disbelief. They yelled at the girls, blamed and humiliated the victims, and refused to take action.

The girls, determined to...

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Violence Against Women: It's a Men's Issue

(26) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 2:39 PM

I recently watched a TED Talk by Jackson Katz called "Violence Against Women -- It's a Men's Issue." Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women's issues." In his talk, Jackson Katz, stresses the importance of changing the way we think in order to realize that violence...

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The Plight of the Female Refugee -- Breaking Barriers

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 3:52 PM

We have learned from Bebe that the spirit of female refugees all over the world is unwavering. Every day more than 7.3 million women live and work, regardless of setbacks, to provide for their families. Women, who like all people, want nothing more than to have a better life for...

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The Plight of Female Refugee: Bebe's Story About Life in Dzaleka

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:48 AM

Of the more than 16,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, and Ethiopia, who live in Dzaleka Refugee Camp just outside of Lilongwe Malawi, the vast majority are women and children.

Opportunities for employment within the camp are scarce, even for the male refugees, so...

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The Plight of the Female Refugee

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Globally an estimated 15.2 million individuals have officially been identified as refugees. Of those 15.2 million, 48% are female. That's more than 7.3 million mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives, who by the very definition of 'refugee' are unable to return to their homes for reasons far beyond their control. These...

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Warrantless Inspections Are Long Overdue

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 5:12 PM

The federal government announced recently that they would be conducting more stringent and warrantless inspections of workplaces in order to crack down on human rights abuses and illegal practices. According to the Globe and Mail, they will have the power to "examine anything on the premises," question employers...

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On Immigration, Provinces Should Follow Alberta

(6) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Alberta recently announced on June 20, 2013, that temporary foreign workers who have been employed within Canada for a minimum of two years are eligible to self-nominate themselves for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. This change extends to high-skilled and low-skilled workers; however, only employees within the food...

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Food Banks Are No Longer Just a Temporary Solution

(16) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Food banks were originally intended to be a temporary measure, when the first Canadian food bank opened its doors in Edmonton in 1981. Instead, the need for food banks has continued over the years and, in fact, grown. Today, there are approximately 800 food banks in Canada and over 3,000...

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