Honouring Refugee Rights: CCR Spring Consultation on 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention

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Canadian Council for Refugees
Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation

‘Honouring Refugee Rights: 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention’

18 May 2011 - Members of the media are invited to a national consultation on refugee and immigration issues taking place in Hamilton from 26-28 May 2011.  The theme of the Consultation is ‘Honouring Refugee Rights: 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention’.

Consultation sessions will include themes such as:

  • Canada’s compliance with the Refugee Convention
  • Sponsoring LGBTQ refugees
  • Economic exploitation of migrant workers
  • Responding to the needs of trafficked persons
  • Changing the national narrative on immigration, integration and inclusion
  • The impacts of lost or mistaken identity documents for youth
  • Settlement services for French speakers

...and many more

 

The CCR Consultation will bring together leaders in the promotion of refugee and immigrant rights from across Canada and this is an opportunity to meet them.  Participants will include senior representatives of local and national refugee and immigrant-serving organizations, representatives of faith-based organizations, government representatives, academics, lawyers, youth activists and refugees.

 

Most of the Consultation sessions are open to the media and we encourage media representatives to contact us beforehand to discuss what you would like to cover.  Please check in at the CCR registration desk on site.  Opportunities will be available to interview participants.

 

The consultation is made possible through funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

 

When: 26 - 28 May 2011

Location: Crown Plaza Hamilton, 150 King Street East, Hamilton

Consultation program, workshop descriptions and other details: available at ccrweb.ca/meetings

 

Contact:

 

Colleen French, Communications and Networking Co-ordinator, tel. (514) 277-7223 ext. 1 (on or before 25 May), (514) 476-3971 (cell phone from 25-28 May), email: cfrench@ccrweb.ca

 

The Canadian Council for Refugees is a non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The membership is made up of over 180 organizations involved in refugee sponsorship and protection and in newcomer settlement. The CCR serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membership.