Sharing personal stories, addressing misconceptions and identifying areas for action.
Co-sponsored by IRCOM (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Manitoba) and Amnesty International Winnipeg. Takes place at IRCOM House Isabel
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Guest speakers will include:
A refugee claimant who recently crossed the border from the United Sates. As hrer refugee hearing will be taking place within the next few weeks, Amnesty International has chosen not to post her identity in advertising for this event.
Maysoun Darweesh, originally from Syria, has a Bachelor of Journalism and worked as a journalist in Syria. She fled to Macau (China) as a refugee and joined her husband who had fled one year earlier… They were both persecuted by the Syrian government for their work in human rights activism. In Macao, Maysoun taught English as an Additional Language to kindergarten and elementary students at Santa Fatima School and volunteered with Mission of Charity and Cradle of Hope for orphans. She came to Canada in 2012 because her family did not feel safe in China. Currently, she works as a Volunteer Matching Specialist with Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (Welcome Place). She is a volunteer with MCC, a member of the Asian Heritage Society and a board member at CHAI (Christian Help all Immigrants). She is married and has two daughters.
Bashir Khan practices immigration and refugee law in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has represented his clients before all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada as well as before the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. He is a member of the Law Society of Manitoba. In October 2016, he was awarded a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in Toronto.