The Most Vulnerable

The Most Vulnerable

An Intersectional Approach to Refugee Policy & Advocacy

 

April 2019

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The Most Vulnerable
“The Most Vulnerable” examines how the federal Government, Churches, and Advocacy Groups can apply an intersectional approach to their respective areas of policy making and advocacy efforts.

Policy-making and advocacy have always gone hand in hand. They exist together in a cycle where governments are meant to develop policies based on the needs of their constituents. However, those needs are often left unmet due to limitations in the policy development process and as a result, civil society is required to advocate for reform. Given this continual pattern, something must be done to create more effective policies in the first place.

While there is no singular all-encompassing scale to assess vulnerability, intersectionality is a more effective way to understand the multiple forms of discrimination refugees face. Using such an intersectional approach to policy development and advocacy efforts allows for targeted decision-making that places value on the lived experiences of refugees.

“The Most Vulnerable” examines how the federal Government, Churches, and Advocacy Groups can apply an intersectional approach to their respective areas of policy-making and advocacy efforts.

About the author

  • Serisha is a recent graduate of McGill University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in World Religions. Some of her interests include; public policy; political engagement; equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as immigration and human rights law.As the child of refugees, Serisha has been a lifelong activist. She has been actively involved in refugee rights advocacy since her selection as a 2017-18 UofMosaic Fellow with The Mosaic Institute and furthered this interest while serving as an executive on several student-led advocacy groups.Before joining CPJ in Ottawa, Serisha spent most of her time rotating between Montréal and Toronto.

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