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This Month is Refugee Month! (September 2016)

Week 1)

Refugees, Canada and the UNHCR

Week 1- Refugee Month

The Velvet Studio is joined by the UNHCR’S Resettlement officer Micheal Casasola to talk about the state of the international refugee crisis the upcoming World Compac, the Leader’s Summit and Canada’s Role


Week 2)

Refugee Month, Prove You Are Gay


The Velvet Studio is joined on the phone by immigration lawyer and Refugee advocate Nicholas Hersh. We discuss the process for the Refugee and Immigration Board, and how refugees are asked to prove their claims.




With an interview with Graeme Reid the Director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. We talk about Forced Anal examinations, laws against LGBT folks, and how that drives people towards migration from hot spots.



We are thrilled to welcome Capital Rainbow Refuge, a GLBT private sponsorship group, that’s welcomed around 16 refugees to Canada! We talk about the process, the cost, and the reward of welcoming a refugee.