What is a ‘vulnerable person’?
A ‘vulnerable person’ is someone who would have great difficulty presenting their case or have trouble with the processes at the Immigration and Refugee Board. This could be because the person is a child, or someone who:
- has experienced or witnessed torture
- has suffered gender-related persecution
- has suffered persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity
- has a mental illness
- is a survivor of genocide or crimes against humanity
- has severe memory problems.
A vulnerable person can ask for ‘procedural accommodations’ under Guideline 8: Procedures with Respect to Vulnerable Persons Appearing Before the IRB. This Guideline is meant to help vulnerable people present their cases and to reduce the risk that they will be traumatized by the process.