A Re-evaluation of Canada's Refugee Policy. Speakers Geoffrey Clarfield and Martin Mark will be discussing victims of Genocide including Yazidis, Mideast Christians, and white South African farmers who have been under-represented in Canada's refugee programme.

Date: Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. sharp to 10:00 p.m.

Place: Toronto Zionist Centre

Address: 788 Marlee Avenue (just south of Lawrence Avenue)

Metro Line: Lawrence West subway station (University Line)

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Our Speakers:

Geoffrey Clarfield

Geoffrey Clarfield is a development anthropologist, journalist, film producer, and musician. He is the Executive Director of the Yazidi Rescue Committee, a joint project of the Canadian Coalition Against Terror (CCAT) and Yazidi Human Rights International.

He spent 16 years living and working in the Middle East and Africa as a development anthropologist dealing with matters pertaining to biodiversity, conservation, institutional capacity building, poverty alleviation and democratization. His clients included the United Nations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Canadian, Norwegian, Swiss, Italian and Kenya governments as well as international NGOs.

He is passionate about defending the human rights of indigenous peoples such as the Yazidi. He travelled to the Central African Republic which led to him producing a film on the expulsion of forest dwelling Pygmies in Uganda. For the last four years he has worked and continues to work closely with Mirza Ismail and the Yazidi community in Canada, many of whom are survivors of genocide and whose relatives have been massacred and enslaved at the hands of ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Martin Mark

Mr. Mark is a Resettlement and Development worker who, in the past 30 years, has visited and worked in over 60 countries on refugee, migration and social justice related work particularly on refugee rights, civil liberties, human rights of detainees, marginalized groups and people in need.

He was elected to the NGO-Government Committee on Refugee Sponsorship and served as a director on the Board of OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants). He was actively involved in the work of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT).

He is involved in advocacy, public awareness and the Catholic refugee sponsors' cooperation in Canada. He regularly participates on Selection Mission Trips under the Catholics Without Borders initiative, providing holistic approach for the refugee crisis and implementing the strategic use of resettlement. Lately he continues his refugee and migration related work in the private sector. He continues charitable refugee and resettlement work - amongst other - at Christians walking with Refugees (CwR) Project as part of WWOW (World Wide Opportunities for Women). He advocates for improving the compromised Canadian resettlement programs.

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