The RHP mirrors the IRB hearing process, with the aim of alleviating claimant fears, promoting emotional stability, and providing practical experience through a simulated hearing.



  • Volunteers including lawyers, law students and experienced community members serve in the role of “adjudicators” during a 2 to 3 hour RHP hearing, allowing claimants to tell their story.

  • At the end of the RHP hearing, the refugee claimant receives objective feedback on areas such as mannerisms, tone of voice, and respect to the adjudicator. 

  • An interpreter is provided if needed by the claimant.

  • RHP hearings are free and voluntary.


You must sign up for the RHP at least 4 weeks in advance of your IRB hearing.


We are currently serving claimants in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  In light of COVID, in addition to in-person hearings, we are now offering virtual hearing options for claimants in the GTA.  


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