Canadian Human Rights Commission welcomes new full-time Commissioner

January 23, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is pleased to welcome Jose Ordonez, by Order in Council, as a full-time Commissioner for a seven-year term.

Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Ordonez worked as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board where he decided over refugee claims and specialized in gender-based cases.

Mr. Ordonez worked domestically and internationally with gender-based violence survivors and people from various backgrounds affected by discrimination, poverty and mental health issues. He also acquired expertise on issues related to gender-based violence, including trauma, intersectionality and sensitive approaches to questioning survivors.

Mr. Ordonez represented domestic violence survivors and individuals from marginalized communities in their family law and child protection proceedings as a Staff Lawyer at Legal Aid Ontario.

He holds a Master of Laws in Public International Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands, a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science from Western University.

As a full-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Mr. Ordonez is now part of the team of Commissioners who render decisions on how to treat human rights complaints in federal jurisdiction.

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