"A Well-Founded Fear of Persecution": Refugee Law, Policy and Issues

  • Almaz Dessie | May 24th, 2011
    Caring for refugee patients is a complex problem that challenges many aspects of our health systems and governmental agencies. As medical student at Brown University, I have spent the last few years attempting to address the barriers to care, at the...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | August 25th, 2010
    This internship is making me think more critically about who gets help and what philanthropic or social projects get funding. Both institutional and individual donors to charitable organizations focus on select groups who are widely indentified as...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | August 25th, 2010
    Halifax is a port city. Our harbour is actually one of the deepest natural harbours in the world (after Sydney, Australia we may even be #2… I always say that we are, but that’s actually disputed). We provide access to the North American continent...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | August 25th, 2010
    These are the last few days of my internship with the Halifax Refugee Clinic. I have some wrap-up posts and final thoughts to add to the blog this week. I'll admit that I was a little skeptical about keeping this blog, but it's forced me to write...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | August 16th, 2010
    Smart Things that Lawyers Have Said to Me (or, that were said by lawyers while I was in earshot) ---------- “If there’s one thing I can say to you young people, one piece of wisdom that I can impart… it’s that when you’re adjudicating something,...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | August 13th, 2010
    ed: I thought this situation was really fascinating. I love these case studies, but they are kind of frustrating to write because there is so much more to research and write about each situation. I have to stop myself at a certain point because the...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | August 12th, 2010
    Three posts in one day! Remember the 10th Anniversary Celebrations? CBC Radio was there, and the piece came out today. It was really well done (aside from a few minor factual errors... you'll note that I am not actually a law student. But take any...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | August 12th, 2010
    Internship (Celebrity) Note! A movie is being filmed in Halifax right now. On screen Halifax can pass for New England, so back when the Canadian dollar was a lot lower than the American dollar we would get a lot of film crews up here. They once...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | August 12th, 2010
    This internship has given me exposure to how decisions are made in refugee law. I get acquainted with the beginning of the process by reading the legislation that creates each application. This explains, for example, the purpose of a refugee claim...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | August 3rd, 2010
    “We are like a football being kicked from one to the other.” -BBC, Burma’s Forgotten Rohingya The Rohingya are stateless because the Burmese government refuses to recognize them as citizens, and because in the countries with the largest populations...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 30th, 2010
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 30th, 2010
    Here are some photos from the Clinic's Tenth Anniversary Celebration on July 15th. There was a big card for people to sign... we got lots of signatures in several languages. ... and from some of our clients! Crowd shot! You can see one...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 29th, 2010
    Some of the most unique insights from this internship have come from watching my bosses interacting with clients. I think that because we sometimes have a romanticized notion of nonprofit service provision in general and refugee claimants in...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 28th, 2010
    The Halifax Refugee Clinic assists clients with refugee claims which is where I’ve been focusing most of my attention. However, the Clinic also offers settlement services to their clients to help them establish themselves safely and successfully in...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 27th, 2010
    On Thursday, July 15th the Clinic celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party in Grand Parade Square (downtown Halifax) and reception at the office. The Clinic was founded in 2000 after Legal Aid stopped providing assistance with immigration...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 27th, 2010
    Disclaimer: Again, I’m not a lawyer; I’m a student. I should not be used for legal advice (that is such a frightening thought... but I do watch a lot of Law and Order). The bulk of what I have been doing/learning is related to the refugee...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 26th, 2010
    Here's the office!
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 22nd, 2010
    The first case study that I stumbled upon while researching statelessness was Nepal.  Famous (to me, anyway) because Mount Everest is located on the China-Nepal border, Nepal is an extremely poor country with a 2009 GDP per capita of only $1,...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 19th, 2010
    Internship note: whenever it rains really heavily (which is typical for Halifax) our roof leaks. The office is in a great location with excellent square footage, but the building is rather old. It’s all good; I mop sometimes. So one of the...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | July 13th, 2010
    I am way, way overdue starting this blog but things have been a little crazy. Even when I’m not explicitly working on an assignment or piece of research it’s requiring a lot of work to process what I’ve learned. So far, I’ve had the opportunity not...
  • Innessa Colaiacovo | June 19th, 2010
    My name is Innessa Colaiacovo and I'm an (almost) junior at Brown University majoring in Economics and French. With the support of an International Service fellowship from Brown University's Swearer Center, I am interning with the Halifax Refugee...