"Where is Canada?" In Turkey and Jordan recently, this was the question we heard over and over, from Syrian refugees themselves, crisis intervention workers, medical professionals, human rights activists and others dedicated to helping Syrians.To friends and family, I referred to my time in the region as a tour of shame, as a Canadian. There was a clear perception among the people we spoke with that Canada preferred Christian asylum seekers, and this explained the delays and inaction. As the now-infamous photo of Alan Kurdi reminds us, there is an immediate need for Canada to show leadership in developing a concrete solution.
Kristin has worked to enhance access to justice for marginalized communities for over 20 years. She has represented refugees and immigrants held in detention, developed training workshops and clear language resources for staff working with survivors of domestic violence and she has worked as a clinical instructor and supervising lawyer in refugee and international human rights.
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