Vancouver’s LGBT organization Rainbow Refugee announces leadership changes that reflect expansion

A Vancouver group that aids LGBT individuals searching for asylum or refugee defense in Canada is undergoing a stage of advancement.

On March 4, Rainbow Refugee announced that Aleks Selim Dughman Manzur (who utilizes the pronouns they/them) has been appointed the organization’s first programming director, who will lead the group nonprofit’s sponsorship, settlement, guidance, outreach, and advocacy courses.

In addition, Manzur is part of a new two-particular person management staff that oversees the organization’s improvement.

Manzur, who identifies as transmasculine, was born in Palestine and grew up in Chile just before immigrating to Canada in 2008, and is a law firm who specializes in human rights, women’s rights, reproductive and sexual well being law, LGBT+ rights, and refugee rights. 

They also are the vice-president of the Canadian Council for Refugees, and previously worked as the Metropolitan Neighborhood Church of Toronto, LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund), the Association for Women’s Legal rights in Enhancement (AWID), and the International Reproductive and Sexual Overall health Law Programme at the University of Toronto’s School of Law. 

The other particular person who is part of the management staff is Stephanie Goodwin.

Some may possibly figure out Goodwin’s title from her earlier role as govt director of Out on Display screen, which operates Out in Faculties and the once-a-year Vancouver Queer Movie pageant. She also previously was the B.C. director of Greenpeace.

Goodwin is at present serving as Rainbow Refugee’s interim handling director as the nonprofit proceeds to take programs for the position. Any one interested in applying to become the long term handling director can do so on line.

Rainbow Refugee was established in 2000 to guide those people in B.C.’s Lower Mainland who are searching for defense from persecution because of sexual orientation, gender identification, gender expression, or HIV position.