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Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes. Section 3, “Understanding the challenges faced by individuals”, needs to be given space to be reviewed in depth. I think part of the problem with short training is that it doesn't give enough time for members to really dive into that section of the guidelines.

March 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes, but I'm going to suggest that my colleague Sharalyn go first, because they're live before many more cases and have seen some shifts recently. I'll ask Sharalyn to go first, then, and I can comment afterwards.

March 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Good morning. Sorry; I'm currently in Geneva, so my time's a little skewed. I'm actually here in Geneva as a member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association. Members of the community all across the world gather here to deal with issues related to the LGBTQI community, a

March 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Kimahli Powell

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