Rafeena is attuned to the needs of immigrants as she immigrated to Canada when she was three years old. Her parents made the journey first, to secure employment and housing, before returning to Guyana to bring Rafeena and her younger brother to Canada. They were then united with the newest member of the family, her youngest brother. When Rafeena’s family immigrated to Canada, the immigration laws were not as complex as they are today. Over the last couple of decades, Rafeena has seen the difficulties experienced by others who desire to come to Canada.
Before completing her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007, Rafeena explored migration related issues while obtaining her Master’s degree in Legal Studies. It was during this time that she developed a particular interest in international human rights issues and the plight of refugees attempting to access asylum in Western countries. At the same time, Rafeena worked as a Refugee Protection Officer at the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Refugee Protection Division. Here, she conducted expedited interviews and assisted decision makers with refugee and protected persons hearings.
After being called to the Ontario Bar in 2008, Rafeena practiced criminal defence and civil litigation. In 2010, she joined the Immigration Law Division at the Department of Justice as Counsel. She represented the Ministers of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and defended decisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board for over six years. She handled cases in the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.
In her free time, Rafeena enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, exercising and photography.
Rafeena can be reached at: email@example.com.
Jelena immigrated to Canada from the former Yugoslavia in 1994. She developed an interest in immigration law and policy at an early age as she observed her mother’s experiences as a skilled worker and the experiences of many other immigrants and refugees from her country. She has always been enthusiastic about helping individuals understand the Canadian immigration system and successfully integrate into Canadian society.
Jelena obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008. She completed the Immigration and Refugee Law Intensive Program in law school, with a placement at the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Throughout her education, she worked at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and the Department of Justice Canada.
After starting her family, Jelena returned to the Immigration Law Division at the Department of Justice Canada as Counsel in 2010. For over six years, she represented the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in hundreds of immigration, refugee and citizenship cases before the Federal Court of Canada and several cases before the Federal Court of Appeal. Her desire to help individuals understand the Canadian immigration system and the options available to them lead Jelena to leave public service and co-found Rashid Urosevic LLP.
In her free time, Jelena enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, travelling, meditating and exercising.
Jelena can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to English, she is fluent in Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.