We were very happy to welcome Niki Sharma, the Attorney General of British Columbia, to our Victoria Drive Welcome Centre on June 27th, 2023.
Ms Sharma came to visit the Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic whose offices are located within our Welcome Centre. During her visit, Ms. Sharma met with Juliana Dalley and Darcy Golden, the two co-leads at the clinic, and discussed with them their ongoing work serving newcomers across the province.
The clinic is the first of its kind in the province and provides a variety of legal assistance to at-risk and vulnerable immigrants and refugees as well as advocating for positive reform within Canada’s immigration policies.
The clinic was launched in 2020 through funding from the Law Foundation of BC. This year it has had a number of notable achievements, including successfully defending a refugee claimant who was facing removal but has now been reunited with their 7-year-old son after being separated from them for four years.
Beyond its legal practice and advocacy work, the clinic also offers mentorship for refugee lawyers who are starting their careers in refugee and immigration law.