Some women involved with family court after leaving an abusive relationship are also dealing with immigration issues.
In these situations, offering comprehensive family court support includes being able to provide women with some basic information about immigration law and procedure. Unfortunately, both are very complicated.
As well, both law and procedure have undergone considerable changes in the past year. Many of those changes have a particularly negative impact on women and children.
Two new resources can make the job of frontline workers a little bit easier:
- The Canadian Council for Refugees has produced a Fact Sheet called “Key refugee and immigration issues for women and girls,” which provides basic information about the new refugee determination system and other important topics as they relate to women and girls.
- Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) has just established a website for frontline workers that provides plain language information about what the new rules mean in practical terms for people making refugee claims. Called Refugee Rights in Ontario: Information for frontline workers, the website address is www.refugee.cleo.on.ca