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For the Refugees is a Canadian charity organisation fighting for the rights of political refugees and asylum seekers who have made an exceptional contribution to society but face great personal danger as a result.

Founded in 2016 by three Montreal lawyers, For the Refugees is a port of last resort for those whose circumstances make them too hot to handle by traditional means.

Our mission is to mobilize the resources needed to save their lives. We provide free legal support, media relations, and raise funds to provide for living expenses and relocation costs.

Our philosophy is to pay it forward. Refugees who receive our help have the opportunity, once settled in Canada, to help improve the lives of other refugees.

For the Refugees is a registered charity in Canada and a government-approved refugee sponsor.

Board of Directors

Marc-André is a Partner and co-founder of Exeo Attorneys, a Canadian immigration law firm.

As a former journalist, he covered legal issues in Canada for many years. Marc-André is an experienced lawyer specializing in Canadian immigration cases, working with international solidarity and cooperation organizations for nearly two decades. Member of the Quebec Bar and of the New York State Bar, Marc-André is a frequent speaker around the world on Canadian immigration issues.

Cristina Rogov is a lawyer, member of multiple Canadian bar associations, practicing exclusively in Immigration Law.

Following a Civil Law degree and a Juris Doctor degree, Cristina spent two years completing her Master of Laws degree, studying credibility evaluations of asylum seekers and its impact on refugee determinations in Canada. Cristina has a passion for human rights and Refugee Law and is always interested in being involved with organizations furthering civil liberties as well as participating in advocacy initiatives globally. Cristina is a Board Member of the Quebec Association of Immigration Lawyers and of For the Refugees. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Romanian.

Ethan Cox is a journalist, editor and digital strategist based in Montreal.

He is an award-winning investigative journalist,  a co-founder and editor with Ricochet Media, a bilingual and crowdfunded national media outlet, and appears weekly on radio and TV in Montreal. A former union organizer, political operative and communications advisor to national campaigns, Ethan brings over ten years of experience in media, politics and digital and communications strategy.

Gabrielle Thiboutot is an immigration lawyer and member of the Quebec Bar.

Gabrielle has long been passionate about immigration law, recognizing it as her true vocation. Eager to delve into the complexities of migratory trends and their repercussions, she distinguished herself academically, securing degrees in Civil Law and in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa with honors. Moved by the harrowing events following the fall of Kabul in the summer of 2021, and disturbed by the sight of women being stripped of their rights, she was compelled to take action. This led to the Resilient Futures initiative, a testament to FTR’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of those affected by geopolitical upheavals.

Volunteer Leaders

Sharen Craig – Outreach and Engagement Lead

After a career of welcoming international students to Canada to learn English, Sharen has continued her passion in a new direction. Since the implementation of Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, Sharen has turned her focus to seeking and working with like-minded Canadians to create innovative pathways for Afghan women to find security and renewed dignity through education in Canada. She is optimistic that with each Afghan woman who successfully comes to study in Canada, they in turn will be the future leaders inspiring lasting change for the years to come.

Julie Hermanns – Immigration applications coordinator

Julie is a law student at McGill University, where she also completed a double major in health sciences and international development. She is dedicated to working with refugees and strives to make a difference in their lives, just like she did in the Netherlands by helping organize a recreational program for eighty Syrian and Eritrean refugees.

Chloé Bissonnette – Fundraising Event Coordinator

Dr. Bissonnette has been practicing medicine in Montreal since 2015 and is also a lawyer since 2019. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal and of the Faculty of Law of McGill University. She is a strong believer in the power of education to change the social determinants and tries to instill this value in the vulnerable populations she works with. Helping all those in a situation of great vulnerability has always been at the center of her interests and projects.

Florence Beaulieu-Lavoie – Social Media Lead

Florence, a lawyer by training, leads Business Development at her law firm, managing client relationships, communications, marketing initiatives, and brand image. As a woman, she understands the importance of empowering and supporting women. This inspired her to join Resilient Futures and For the Refugees, where she uses her experience in business development and social media management to help the cause.

Morgan Miller Hercun – School Admission and Enrollment Coordinator

Morgan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and a Master of International Affairs from Texas A&M University. With 10 years of corporate and Federal professional experience, she has worked with multinational firms, Health and Human Services, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Education. She has been affiliated with the Junior League to volunteer and connect with the community working on committees focused on education, nutrition, urban beautification, and fundraising. She joined our team to apply her volunteer expertise in stakeholder engagement to process streamlining.