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SHELTER. SANCTUARY. STATUS.

Oct/02/2008 - 9:30 am

FORUM: SUPPORTING NON-STATUS WOMEN FLEEING VIOLENCE

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** March and Rally to follow at 12:00pm - Details follow **

October 2, 2008
9:30am Registration
10:00am Forum

Ryerson University Student Centre
55 Gould St. - Rm SCC115

Lunch provided

Speakers include:
Zahra Dhanani, Legal Director - METRAC
Valeska Gomez-Castillo, Counselor - Nellie's
Jackie Esmonde, Lawyer - Falconer Charney Barristers
Ana Cisneros, Coordinator of the Latin American Women's Program - TRCC

* Learn about how recent changes to immigration law impact diverse women, including women without status
* Hear about attacks on safe spaces and community responses to support non-status women fleeing violence
* Presentation on a draft Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy for shelters and service providers.
* Q&A with immigration lawyer, front line workers and service providers

To register please contact Sonia at sonia@workersactioncentre.org or (416) 531-0778, ext. 221 by September 25, 2008

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MARCH and RALLY at the Immigration and Refugee Board

October 2, 2008
12 noon
Meet at Yonge and Gould

Let Them Stay!

* Support domestic violence survivor Isabel Garcia and her children to stay in Canada
* Call for the refugee determination process to protect women fleeing violence.

Isabel Garcia, single mother and survivor of domestic violence, and her children are just one of many families whose lives have been put at risk as a result of negative decisions at the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Isabel came to Canada with her children 3 years ago seeking protection from her violent ex-husband in Mexico. Ignoring overwhelming evidence pointing to a lack of state protection for women surviving domestic violence in Mexico, the Immigration and Refugee Board heartlessly denied Isabel's claim for asylum.

By issuing an abrupt and last minute deportation notice, Immigration Enforcement ensured that Isabel and her lawyer did not have time for a fair review at the Federal Court for a stay on her removal. Isabel made the difficult decision to go into hiding rather than face further violence in Mexico.

Canada's failing Immigration and Refugee Protection Act is allowing huge numbers of women fleeing violence to fall through the cracks. The Federal Court of Canada has begun to question decisions of the Refugee Board and has recently overturned several decisions where women faced gender violence.

These women have been unable to access shelters, crisis centers, professional support, guidance or counseling because of Immigration Enforcement's targeting of these spaces.

Stand up against immigration decisions and policies that put women and children, like Isabel and her family, at risk of violence. Join us as we call on the government to:

* Let Them Stay! - Allow this family to stay in Canada while their Humanitarian Application is considered, and to grant their Humanitarian Application

* Ensure protection for women fleeing violence through the refugee determination process

** How can you help? **

1) Endorse the rally and help us mobilize. Organize a delegation from your church, union, or community center to come out to the forum and rally. Call us for help in spreading the word and for copies of flyers and posters or to make a financial or in-kind donation. For posters and flyers, click here.

2) Write a support letter for Isabel Garcia and mail it to the Workers Action Centre. For a sample, click here.

3) Invite campaign representatives to do a workshop or presentation at your organization, agency or community centre.

4) Make a financial or in-kind donation to help with this campaign. Cheques can be made payable to Workers Action Centre.

5)Come out to a banner making session at Parkdale Community Legal Services (1266 Queen St W), on Tues. Sept 30. Drop in anytime between 1pm-7pm.

For more information, or to send an endorsement or a letter of support, contact:
Workers' Action Centre - Sonia Singh: sonia@workersactioncentre.org
Interim Place - Cindy Cowan: cindy@interimplace.com
No One is Illegal: nooneisillegal@riseup.net

Donations and support letters can be sent to:
Workers' Action Centre
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 223
Toronto ON M5S 2T9

***ENDORSED BY***

Action Ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF), Ontario | Algoma Family Services | Alternatives for Women in Prince Edward County, Picton | Amnesty International Canada (English) | Anne Johnston Health Station, Toronto | ARCH Disability Law Centre | Armagh, Mississauga |Assaulted Women and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program, George Brown College, Toronto | Assaulted Women's Helpline | Assaulted Women's Helpline, Ontario | Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Toronto | Beendigen Inc., Thunder Bay | Bloor Information and Life Skills Centre, Toronto | CALACS francophone d'Ottawa | Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) | Canadian Hispanic Congress | Carleton University Students' Association | Carranza Barristers and Solicitors | Centre for Feminist Research | Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, London | Centre for Women and Trans People at York University, Toronto | Chadwic Home, Wawa | Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, Chatham | Chrysalis House, Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre | Community Development Council Durham | Community Social Planning Council Toronto | Denise House/Sedna Women's Shelter, Oshawa | DisAbled Women's Network Ontario (DAWN) | Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario (ETFO) | Ernestine's Shelter, Rexdale | Esprit Place, Parry Sound Faye Peterson House, Thunder Bay | Geraldton Family Resource Centre, Geraldton | Green Haven Shelter for Women, Orillia | Green Party of Ontario | The Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis | Haldimand-Norfolk Women's Services, Simcoe | Harmony House, Ottawa | Immigrant Women Services Ottawa | Income Security Advocacy Centre, Toronto | Industrial Workers of the World – Toronto | Ingamo Family Homes, Woodstock | Interim Place, Mississauga | Interval House of Ottawa | Julliette's Place, Scarborough | Just One World | Kingston Interval House | Lanark County Interval House, Carleton Place | London Abused Women's Centre | London-Fanshawe New Democratic Party Riding Association | Low Income Families Together (LIFT), Toronto | Luke's Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children, Durham Region | Maggie's Resource Centre of North Hastings, Bancroft | Marjorie House, Marathon | Mattawa Women's Resource Centre | Mennonite New Life Centre | METRAC | MUJER | Muskoka Interval House, Bracebridge | Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services | My Sister's Place, Alliston | National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) | Nellie's Shelter, Toronto | New Starts for Women, Red Lake | No More Silence, Toronto | No One Is Illegal – Toronto | North York Women's Centre | North York Women's Shelter | Northumberland Services for Women, Cobourg | Northwestern Ontario Women's Action Group, Thunder Bay | Ojibway Family Resource Centre, North Bay | Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) | Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC), Ontario | Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) | Ontario Women's Health Network (OWHN) | OPSEU | Oshawa Durham Rape Crisis Centre, Oshawa | Oxford Coordinating Committee to End Violence Against Women (OCCEVAW) | Parkdale Community Legal Services, Toronto | Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) | Punjabi Community Health Centre, Toronto | Reclaiming Ourselves Counselling Centre, Toronto | Red Door Shelter, Toronto | Rosewood Shelter, Midland | Rural Initiative for Social Equality (RISE), Haldimand-Norfolk | Ryerson Students Union | Ryerson Women's Centre | Ryerson Working Students Centre | Sandgate Women's Shelter, Jackson's Point | Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services of Halton (SAVIS) | Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton and Area | Sexual Assault Centre London | Sexual Assault Centre of Brant, Brantford | Sexual Assault Centre Quinte and District, Belleville | Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa | Sistering | Springtide Resources, Toronto | Step It Up Campaign | Stop Community Food Centre | Student Federation of the University of Ottawa | The Redwood, Toronto | Toronto City Women's Alliance | Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape | Toronto Women's Bookstore | Urban Alliance on Race Relations | Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WACT) | Woman Abuse Working Group of Hamilton | Women 4 Social Justice, Sault Ste. Marie | Women Against Poverty Collective, Toronto |Women and Children's Shelter, Barrie | Women Today of Huron, Huron County | Women's Centre (Grey and Bruce), Owen Sound | Women's Centre, Hamilton | Women's Community House, London | Women's Counselling, Referral and Education Centre (WCREC), Toronto | Women's Emergency Shelter, Woodstock | Women's Habitat, Etobicoke | Women's House Serving Bruce & Grey, Kincardine | Women's Resources of Simcoe County, Midland | Women's Shelter and Safety Coalition Kenora-Rainy River District | Women's Support Network, Newmarket | Workers Action Centre | Yellow Brick House Project Hostel, Aurora | Youth Out Loud-Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Toronto | YWCA of/DU Canada | YWCA of Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton, Peterborough | YWCA Toronto