The Canadian Human Rights International Organization (CHRIO) works to defend such fundamental human rights as life, dignity, value and gender equality, and to counter discrimination based on race, creed, gender, sexual orientation or disability, in accordance with the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
CHRIO provides services for new immigrants, residents and citizens of Canada, including those living abroad, in the areas of settlement, family counselling, employment training, translation and interpretation, and volunteerism. It endeavours to make the transition into Canadian culture a positive experience for new immigrants.
Professionals from different disciplines and different countries came together in Canada to form the CHRIO as a means of creating a more humane and just world. They had arrived in Canada as refugees from countries where they had been subjected to conditions such as armed conflict, intolerance, persecution, arbitrary detention and threats against their lives. Many had been forced to leave family members behind in those same intolerable conditions. As a result, all CHRIO members share a strong commitment to freedom, justice and the realization of human rights around the globe.
Refugees and immigrants who have experienced human rights violations in their countries of origin may continue to suffer in their new countries, as they are subjected to discrimination, marginalization, hate or prejudice.
CHRIO provides services to help immigrants and refugees adapt to life in Canada, and gives them information about human rights.
In addition to promoting human rights, CHRIO takes legal and political action to end human rights violations, and to obtain reparations for violations that have been committed, both nationally and internationally. It also works to relieve poverty by providing basic amenities to refugees, immigrants and other people in need.
CHRIO works to protect people at risk around the world: from victims of human rights violations and crimes against humanity to human rights defenders who are persecuted for their work. Human life – and quality of life – must both be defended.
Making a Difference
CHRIO follows a leadership model based on inclusion and cooperation by recruiting members who have been victims of human rights violations and who can share their experiences, knowledge and commitment to human rights implementation. In this way, CHRIO is constructing strong and healthy bridges between itself – a community organization – and the most diverse communities locally and globally.
Most of its members and workers are volunteers and its founders have received numerous awards in recognition of their work with CHRIO.
The critical challenge has been with financial resources. In contrast, CHRIO has found that people from the most disadvantaged communities are the ones who contribute by donating their skills, talent and expertise.
Vision for the Future
CHRIO intends to enhance its community-based work in Canada, and build on its educational work internationally, through the planning and delivery of high-quality ethical services and programs.
About the Canadian Human Rights International Organization
The Canadian Human Rights International Organization is a non-profit organization that works in the field of human rights issues. It was founded in 2003 by professionals in the fields of law, social work, sociology, psychology, criminology and human rights. It works with international organizations and promotes a comprehensive defense of human rights in search of an equitable society.
Best Practice Contact
Cesar Napoleon Grijalva, Executive Director, Canadian Human Rights International Organization
416-635-7805; 647-239-7981; 416-948-9575
1725 Finch Ave. W. Toronto, ON M3N 1M6