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.
HOW THE RHP WORKS
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.
The RHP serves to provide refugee claimants with legal information without providing legal advice about their specific claim. This program is intended to prepare refugee claimants emotionally and intellectually through facilitating an experience to simulate the process of a hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
You must sign up for the RHP at least 4 weeks in advance of your IRB hearing.
We are currently serving claimants across Ontario. In light of COVID, in addition to in-person hearings, we are now offering virtual hearing options for claimants in Ontario.