Ania Kwadrans is a leading expert on policy and program design for community sponsorship and other protection pathways, with extensive experience advising governments, NGOs, and private sector partners. She offers comparative policy expertise and technical support to countries designing protection pathways policies and programs, with a special focus on the United States.
Over the past six years, Ania has directly supported the development of innovative protection pathways and sponsorship programs and provided advice and surge support to organizations responsible for implementing those programs. She also coordinates the Third Country Solutions Identification and Referral Network (TIRN), which brings together NGOs from around the world with expertise in identifying and referring refugees and migrants who need protection pathways.
In 2015, Ania helped to launch and coordinated the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, which mobilized more than 1,400 lawyers and law students to provide legal support to Canadians sponsoring Syrian refugees. She has previously advised on legal interventions related to international human rights and justice issues, including supporting amicus curiae submissions to the International Criminal Court.
Before joining the Pathways International team, Ania was a legal fellow at Amnesty International, engaging in strategic litigation on human rights cases before Canadian courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as advocacy before Parliamentary Committees and UN treaty bodies.
Ania holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. She loves spending her free time in nature, hiking with her dog, travelling, and skiing.
Ania is based in Canada.