The U.S. is less safe than ever for refugees, evidence filed in court challenge shows

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News Release July 4, 2018 Version français The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Amnesty International (AI) and the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) yesterday completed filing extensive evidence in Federal Court to support their legal challenge of the designation of the United States as a safe third country for refugees. “Canadians have seen over the last few weeks how refugees …

Ploughshares presents: The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

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On April 10, to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Refugee Rights Day in Canada, which is celebrated on April 4, Project Ploughshares and the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) co-hosted a public engagement on “The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?” in Waterloo. The objective was to learn about, and reflect …

Save the date: April 10, 2018

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Special public engagement event to mark Refugee Rights Day (April 4) Implications of the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States Legal challenge Expert assessments Personal stories Where: Grebel gallery at Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 RSVP: Sonal Marwah at smarwah@ploughshares.ca

The legal challenge to the Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

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By Sonal Marwah and Deborah Mebude On July 5, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR); The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), of which Project Ploughshares is an operating division; and Amnesty International (AI) launched a case in the Federal Court of Canada to challenge the designation of the United States as a “safe third country” for refugees as this designation …

Federal Court grants organizations standing in legal challenge of Safe Third Country Agreement

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Media Release En français 12 December 2017 The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Amnesty International (AI) and the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) welcomed the order made yesterday by the Federal Court granting the organizations public interest standing, in the legal challenge of the designation of the United States as a safe third country for refugees. The Court’s order came …

Q&A:The journey of an ‘irregular’ refugee claimant to Canada

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‘Mary” is a mother of three and a refugee claimant currently living in Toronto. Originally from Guinea, she went to the United States with her mother as a teenager, but never gained legal status there. After some years, she paid a smuggler to bring her and her children to Canada, to escape an abusive partner. She is currently awaiting a …

Is the Safe Third Country Agreement putting refugee claimants at risk?

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In December 2016, Razak Iyal (35) and Seidu Mohammed (24) attempted to cross irregularly into Manitoba from North Dakota. Before being rescued by a passing transport truck, they suffered severe frostbite that cost them their fingers. By June of this year, both men, originally from Ghana, had applied for refugee status in Canada. Why did Iyal and Mohammed undertake such …

Legal challenge of Safe Third Country Agreement launched

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News Release: The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Amnesty International (AI) and the Canadian Council of Churches announced today that they are launching a legal challenge of the designation of the United States as a safe third country for refugees. “The US was never safe for all refugees, and is now even less safe,” said Loly Rico, President of the …

At a glance: Refugees and the Safe Third Country Agreement

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In 2017 a growing number of refugees have made claims after crossing irregularly (not at border points) from the United States into Canada. This has stimulated public debate about the effects of the Third Safe Country Agreement, which bars refugees arriving from the United States from claiming refugee status at a Canadian Point of Entry on the United States-Canada border.1 …