The Most Vulnerable

By Serisha Iyar

The Most Vulnerable

An Intersectional Approach to Refugee Policy & Advocacy

April 2019

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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.


June 2019

For specific recommendations check out the following excerpts from the full report:

Download The Most Vulnerable: Government Edition (PDF)


Download The Most Vulnerable: Advocates Edition (PDF)


Download The Most Vulnerable: Churches Edition (PDF)

  • Serisha Iyar

    Serisha is a former Public Justice Intern at CPJ. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of Leading in Colour, an organization dedicated to peer-to-peer knowledge sharing amongst racialized youth. Serisha also sits on the Board of The Solidarity Library. She is a graduate of McGill University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in World Religions. 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.

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