Refugees - are we getting it right?

Have we found the right mix of humanitarian effort, military intervention, and resettlement supports for refugees who want to make a home here and those who hope to return home?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Robert Schultz Theatre
St. John’s College, Fort Garry Campus
University of Manitoba
Reception // 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion // 7 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free but seating is limited, so please RSVP online, or to or 204-474-9071.


Karen Busby [JD/81]
Professor, Faculty of Law, and Director of the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research


Abdikheir Ahmed
Coordinator, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Abdikheir Ahmed previously served as executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. He has been working in Winnipeg’s inner city since he immigrated to Canada in 2003 and has won awards for his work building bridges between new immigrants, Indigenous people and other established groups. Ahmed has a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution and helped found Humankind International, which opened and runs an early childhood education centre in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.



Shauna Labman
Assistant professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Dr. Shauna Labman’s research interests include immigration and refugee law, human rights, citizenship and international law. She focuses on the layered influences of law on public policy and government positioning. Labman has worked with refugees and on human rights issues as a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi and with the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. She is co-founder of the Migration Law Research Cluster at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law.

Armando Perla
Researcher-curator, Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Instructor, Human Rights Law, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Armanda Perla holds a master's degree in international human rights law from Lund University in Sweden and a bachelor of laws from L'Université Laval in Québec City. The former refugee from El Salvador is fluent in Spanish, English and French and has worked with human rights organizations around the world. Perla wrote a chapter on agricultural migrant workers in the recently released book The Idea of a Human Rights Museum published by the University of Manitoba Press.

Lori Wilkinson
Sociology professor, University of Manitoba; Director, Immigration Research West

Dr. Lori Wilkinson specializes in immigration and refugee studies. She heads Immigration Research West, which works with service providers and government offices to enhance knowledge of the settlement experiences and outcomes of newcomers to Western Canada. Wilkinson is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Migration and Integration.

Thank you to our partner: The Centre for Human Rights Research

Save the date for these upcoming Visionary Conversations on Campus events:
• March 16, 2016
• April 20, 2016