Anti-Human Trafficking online forum

Celebrating Courage, Renewing Commitment

Online Forum on June 10th  from 10:00 am to 12:00pm

For registration click here

This forum will provide in-depth knowledge and innovative approaches on how to maintain anti-human trafficking efforts and provide services to survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore innovative ways of partnership collaboration during the pandemic. Recognize and understand how to navigate the system given the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. To bring awareness on policy gaps & limitations aggravated during the pandemic increasing the vulnerability of victims and survivors of human trafficking.


Shelley Gilbert, Legal assistance Windsor– LAW, WEFight Windsor Human Trafficking Resource

Rhonelle Bruder, advocate member of the TCHTN

Melody Brown, community member of the Native Women’s Resource Centre.

Nadine Edwards, community member of the Native Women’s Resource Centre

Melissa Compton, indigenous advocate against human trafficking


Info sessions Calendar/ Sesiones informativas calendario

Calendar of Informative sessions/ Calendario de sessiones informativas

1. Como  aplicar por razones humanitarias  en Junio 3 a las 10:30 .
Este pendiente de la inscripcion.  El link  estara listo este Lunes 1 de Junio 

Sesion en espanol/ Spanish session: Junio 3 a las 10:30 am

Si necesitan apoyo para poder registrarse pueden bajar este documento que  describe paso a paso como registrarse:

Guia Como Registrarse en la Sesion Informativa Virtual FCJ


2.Impact of COVID-19 in the refugee process, employment law problems and options available for migrant workers.

During our weekly webinar, we had two special guests, excellent collaborators that have been working together especially in the rural areas helping migrant workers in a situation of labour exploitation. They are experts on employment and talked about the impact of the COVID-19 on employment and options for people with Temporary Status.

Ashley Schuitema, Employment Lawyer representing employees with the Mobile Legal and Social Justice Initiative (MLSJI); and Rachael Lake,staff lawyer at Waterloo Region Community Legal Services.

Special thanks to  Ashley and Rachael. They did a very informative session on the following topics:

COVID-19: Workers’ Rights
Government Benefits for people with Temporary Status during COVID-19

If you missed this webinar, you can listen to them in  our BORDERLESS VOICES PODCAST


As coronavirus wreaks havoc, these precarious workers have ‘no one to turn to’

Construction worker Cesar Paredes, whose wife is due with their first child on May 29, was told by his foreman last Friday that there’s no job for him and 10 other crew members as construction work slowed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Unlike his Canadian colleagues, the undocumented worker from Mexico is not eligible for employment insurance or any provincial or financial aid for those who have lost their jobs due to the crisis.

Paredes’ only social safety net is his physical labour — and some savings, which he says have been depleted after he paid thousands of dollars to an immigration consultant for a promised work permit that was never delivered.

“Half of the guys on our crew are like me, from Latin America, with no status in Canada. We have looked for other jobs, but there are no jobs out there,” said the 31-year-old Toronto man, who worked as an engineer in the oil and gas industry before coming here in 2018 as a tourist.

“I have $300 left. We have no money for rent. I don’t know how long the money will last. At least my Canadian colleagues can still keep afloat. I have nothing but an unknown future.”

Over the last two weeks, Toronto’s FCJ Refugee Centre has been fielding calls from people with precarious immigration status, who have been let go from their jobs and are in need of food and shelter.

“I had three calls today alone from people who had no food in their fridge and were facing eviction from their apartment next month,” said Francisco Rico-Martinez, the centre’s co-director.

“Migrant workers, non-status people, international students and temporary residents are the most vulnerable because there’s a lack of language and understanding of the system, and they have no idea of what resources are out there for them, if any.”

His group is one of more than three dozen community organizations in Ontario that are urging all levels of governments to extend their COVID-19 income support and essential services to all residents, regardless of immigration status.

Since March 16, more than a million Canadians have applied for employment insurance as the pandemic ravages Canada’s economy.

The federal government has rolled out the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, among other measures, to provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose income as a result of the pandemic.

However, the government assistance is designed for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and won’t be available to most of those in the country with temporary status, said Avvy Go, director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic in Toronto.

You can connect with us at our office 416-469-9754 or if you do not have access to a local phone number try our WhatsApp 437- 217 37 86

Count on us. We are open

We are expanding our ways to connect with you. Now you can find us through WhatsApp: 437 217 37 86

For any inquiries related to your immigration situation or any settlement support you need during these difficult times, please feel free to contact us through our phone number 416-469-9754 or you can send us a message at our WhatsApp 437 217 37 86.

You can also contact any of the emails or extensions below:

Loly Rico, Co-director: Ext. 224

Francisco Rico-Martinez, Co-director: Ext. 227

Diana Gallego, Associate Director: Ext. 225

Migrant Workers Mobile Program & Anti-Human Trafficking Program: 647 971 2153 (Whatsapp also available).


You can make a difference in the lives of all precarious migrants enriching our community

You can make a difference!

At FCJ Refugee Centre we continue working in solidarity with precarious migrants. We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for many, and we’re here to support and provide information to anyone who is in need. We provide information through our virtual sessions every Thursday or though our Borderless Voices podcast.  We continue to remotely offer our services you can connect with us by phone or e-mail. We are supporting families who do not have access to the emergency benefits, and we distribute food every week.

Your donation will make a difference to a non-status migrant, family, child, youth, that was not left behind… it will make a difference for that borderless humanity that we are dreaming to build… Your donation is making an immeasurable difference in the lives of all non status people enriching our community.


Supporting around 150 individuals and families thanks to your generosity









Thank you for your donation… it has made a difference for that one. For that refugee, for that non-status migrant, family, child, youth, that was not left behind… it made a difference for that borderless humanity that we are dreaming to build… Your donation is making an immeasurable difference in the lives of all non-status people enriching our community.

Since the last week of March, when we just started our campaign “From Our Kitchen Table to Yours: in solidarity with precarious migrants”, our Centre has received many donations, monetary ones in our Emergency Fund, a lot of grocery cards, art and craft supplies, games and books for children and youth; one-time donation, to provide rent support to 25 individuals and 25 families; weekly food donation from Second Harvest; many smiles, signals of solidarity and gratitude…

So far, it makes a difference for just under 150 individuals and families. The number is growing by the day.  Thanks for donating to support one refugee… one migrant at a time.

Thanks for donating to support one refugee… one migrant at a time.

Thank you for acknowledging a population so often isolated, marginalized and forgotten… for walking with us… for walking together with uprooted people… for building a borderless humanity…by supporting one refugee or migrant at a time.

Thanks, just thanks.

FCJ Refugee Centre



Migrants In Ontario Aren’t Getting The Free Health Care They Were Promised

New immigrants and undocumented workers are still being asked to cover their own health-care costs despite the Ontario government’s promise that this wouldn’t happen during the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates say.

“This is unfair because these are people who have been working and sustaining the economy,” said Loly Rico, the co-director of FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto.

“It’s a very high number of people that live in Toronto and need health coverage.”

FCJ Refugee Centre normally operates a health clinic for uninsured people, which saw about 15 patients a week and had a one-month waiting list before it closed because of the pandemic. After Ontario sent a directive telling hospitals to serve all patients, regardless of their insurance coverage, the centre’s health-care staff started sending patients to hospitals.



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