CRS Seminar: The Landscape of LGBTQI refugees and internally displaced Persons
Guest speaker:Kimahli Powell, L.L.D (Hons), Executive Director Rainbow Railroad
In this presentation, Kimahli will present an overview of the interconnected issues related to global LGBTQI migration, will articulate what Rainbow Railroad, along with civil society are doing to address this crisis (with an update on work during the COVID-19 pandemic) and recommendations for governments.
Kimahli Powell has a wide range of experience in the not-for-profit sector and has spent more than 20 years advocating for social justice, youth, and arts and culture. Prior to Rainbow Railroad, he held numerous director-level positions at organizations including the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Dignitas International, and the YMCA.
Kimahli holds a CFRE and completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of Ottawa. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Victoria. Among his career highlights, Kimahli helped launch the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s legal challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law and developed a monitoring and evaluation framework on legal advocacy.
Since joining Rainbow Railroad as its only staff as Executive Director, Kimahli has led the organization through transformational growth, helping hundreds of people in the process. Kimahli and Rainbow Railroad have been recognized with several awards, including the International Lesbian & Gay Travel Association’s Pathfinder Award, the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies’ 2018 Award, and the 2018 Inspire Award for Community Organization of the Year.
Kimahli was the 2019 recipient of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award and was listed in Out Magazine’s Out 100 profile of influential LGBT people.
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