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Citizenship and Immigration committee  It all depends on the different countries. If you're talking about Canada specifically, one area of concern for individuals here, particularly for those who have not filed a case, is the length of time. I'm sure you've heard about the issues surrounding legacy claims, as far as

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I think if the LGBTQ2I community is labelled as a vulnerable population, as it is stated, then we need a robust policy in order to address that measure. I think it's outside our mandate to talk about who we are putting aside. I think the point here is that we need a robust strate

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  That would be one way, yes.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Absolutely. Any program has to be paired with a proper resettlement program and the capacity to deal with claims in the country. I think those two go hand in hand.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  If I understand you correctly, you're asking about the challenges faced in directly engaging with individuals we're seeking to help. It's twofold. We receive requests from individuals all over the world. I mentioned 700 a few times. Those are the ones who are known to us. If we'r

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Sure. I'll start. Thank you. That's a pretty good summary, better than my testimony, so thank you for that.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  It's a great summary. Thank you. I mentioned in my testimony that we received 700 requests last year. All of them are pretty heartbreaking. We go through a pretty extensive verification process that includes reaching out to individuals on the ground. As a board member of the int

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I think RRAP is one important tool. It's not for the work we do, which is emergency assistance for individuals. It's only one piece of the puzzle. If you're asking how we would go further, I think the list was a good list in relation to RRAP. I'll let my colleagues who have been

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes. Obviously we're here to support the RRAP. It's really important that this program continue, as it's one of the main priorities for this for sponsorship across the country. We are also very much engaged with the immediate escape of individuals facing persecution.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We're hoping for a response from the government that will allow for the immediate entry into Canada for people who are persecuted.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  It all depends on how many people we're willing to support. Certainly, we know there's a minimum responsibility for just over 12,000 individuals per year. We'd like to see a greater commitment. Since the program started, the government gave out over $300,000 and private individu

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  As I said before during my testimony, we're receiving these requests from across the country. I think a program from the government would send a signal that this program is important and that people would start their fundraising efforts. We're also in a position to have more reso

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  In particular right now, we're also concerned about nearly 500 LGBTQI asylum seekers who fled to Kenya, many of them from Uganda, who face homophobic and violent conditions in the Kenyan camps. Because of the high incidence of rape and physical assault, they are isolated inside t

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you. Hello, everyone. My name is Kimahli Powell, and I am the executive director of Rainbow Railroad. Founded in 2006, Rainbow Railroad is a Canadian charity based in Toronto with a mandate to help LGBTQ2I individuals get to safety. We respond to urgent requests from all

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  I can answer that. In response to the specific question of whether the situation is the same for an LGBTQI2-spirit individual as it is for another refugee, the answer is no. I think it's really important to understand that when people make an asylum claim or go through the syste

May 11th, 2017Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell