Staff

Sean Rehaag

Refugee Law Lab Director

Sean Rehaag is the Director of York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies and an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is an expert in immigration and refugee law, administrative law, legal process and legal analytics, and he frequently contributes to public debates in these areas. His interdisciplinary academic research examines immigration and refugee law decision-making processes, including studies exploring how sexual minority refugee claims are adjudicated. Much of his research involves empirical quantitative methodologies using large datasets to examine factors that influence outcomes in Canadian refugee adjudication – including award-winning research showing that Federal Court outcomes hinged largely on which judge was assigned. He also makes yearly data on Canada’s refugee determination system available to the public. Professor Rehaag previously served as the Academic Director at Parkdale Community Legal Services, as well as a visiting researcher at the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (now known as OutRight Action International). He holds a BA in Political Science (University of British Columbia), an LLB and BCL (McGill University) and an SJD (University of Toronto).

Petra Molnar

Refugee Law Lab Associate Director

Petra Molnar is a lawyer and researcher specializing in technology, migration, and human rights. She is currently working with EDRi, Homo Digitalis, and other partner organizations on a project looking at the impacts of migration control technologies on the lives of people on the move, funded by the Mozilla and Ford Foundations. Petra also works on issues around immigration detention, health and human rights, gender-based violence, and the politics of refugee, immigration, and international law. Her work has appeared in numerous academic publications and the popular press, including the New York Times. Petra is also the co-author of “Bots at the Gate,” an internationally recognized report on the human rights impacts of automated decision-making in immigration and refugee systems. She holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from York University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M in International Law from the University of Cambridge.

Kenya-Jade Pinto

Filmmaker in Residence

Kenya-Jade Pinto is an Indo-Kenyan-Canadian documentary photographer, filmmaker, and lawyer. She grew up chasing crabs on the Kenyan coast, before moving to Alberta’s foothills as a teen. KJ’s hyphenated worldview informs her work where she focuses on non-fiction and narrative projects that navigate themes of displacement, belonging, and access to justice. KJ’s training as a human rights lawyer has deepened her practice as a documentary photographer on projects like Not Yet Home, Level Justice, and more recently, The Sandbox.

In 2020, KJ was named an emerging filmmaker fellow by HotDocs and supported by Netflix. KJ volunteers with the Toronto Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, where she guides groups through private refugee sponsorship. She recently joined the Refugee Law Lab as filmmaker-in-residence, where she is documenting the impact of migration management technology on people on the move.