Maureen Silcoff will survey the challenges faced by Canada’s inland refugee protection system, including:
- Irregular crossings: why people are crossing and how that affects the Refugee Protection Division
- Canada’s political climate: why the situation is portrayed as a crisis and what that means for refugee claimants
- Minister Hussen’s efficiency review committee
- Legal aid challenges
- Efficiency measures by Refugee Protection Division
Maureen is a partner at Silcoff, Shacter, Barristers & Solicitors in Toronto, ON. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and has practiced immigration and refugee law since 1988, spending 5 years as a Member of Immigration and Refugee Board.
Maureen is the co-chair of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers’ Litigation Committee and she is the recipient of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers advocacy award for 2012. She was involved in the legal challenges to the interim federal health care policy and the designated country of origin law. Recently, Maureen led the Access to Justice campaign for the Refugee Lawyers Association in response to a threat to suspend legal aid services to refugee claimants.
Maureen teaches refugee law in the University of British Columbia’s Extended Learning program.
Maureen is a frequent speaker at conferences and community events.