We are excited to announce the increasing number of orientation sessions in Toronto to help refugee claimants prepare for their hearings. A Ready Tour is a refugee hearing orientation session and has become a key resource for unrepresented claimants. After the legal aids cuts we see an increasing number of participants with no legal representative.
As you know Ready Tours are scheduled twice a month. However, due the increased number of registrations, the program will expand. Starting in August there will be one session per week depending on the demand.
Besides the expansion, the session also will be facilitated in other languages depending on the participants needs. The first session is scheduled is in Spanish on August 30
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SAVE THE DATE! April 26
We are organizing an evening of visual art, music and stories in celebration of Refugee Rights Month. Through this event we are going to honour the contributions made by refugees, inviting them to showcase their works and artistic talents. Also it will be an opportunity to raise funds in support of the work that the FCJ Refugee Centre does.
For 28 years the FCJ Refugee Centre has been championing the rights and protection of refugees, immigrants and precarious migrant populations. With a client-centered, community-driven approach we provide holistic services to vulnerable migrants.
Please find the details below:
Date: April 26th, 2019
Venue: Matter Gallery
Address: 344 Westmoreland Ave N #104a, Toronto, ON M6H 3A7
Time: From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thank you to the Ready Tour participants for taking the time to share your experience at the Ready Tour:
READY TOUR TESTIMONY
Ready Tour was a beautiful and informative experience that I will forever pass down to any refugee coming into Canada.
I heard about it for the first time from my Counselor at the Shelter at a point of exit when I secured an apartment. I decided to give it a shot. I sent a mail requesting for ‘Ready Tour’ to FCJ and I was scheduled for the tour. I got there only to find out that I wasn’t the only one that got the appointment.
The tour was very revealing and informative. It is designed to help refugees with their coming up hearing, to build up a little confidence in them and to reduce the rate of ‘Appeal’ after the hearing.
The Tour like I said was revealing because it revealed that the hearing for the claimants is not a criminal case and it’s just going to be the claimant, the Judge and the claimant’s lawyer.
Well organized and there was room for all to ask questions and interpreters were also available to those that needed it. At the end of the session, I had a sense of what my hearing day is going to look like, who to expect on that day and how to prepare myself.
My Hearing went well and coincidentally, I had mine at the same room where the tour was actually conducted but the truth is I never had scold feet all through the Hearing and this I believe was because of the Readiness I had with FCJ (Ready Tour).
I must confess the team at FCJ are really fantastic. So grateful that I met them and I encouraged immigrants to seek to know the ‘How to’ once they arrive into Canada and FCJ is one of the places to visit for knowledge.
You are welcome to attend the Ready Tour. For more information and registration please click here:
Ontario’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day – February 22nd 2019
A Human Rights Based Approach to End Human Trafficking – Conversation and Press Conference
Organized by the Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network (TCHTN)
10 AM to 12 PM
At The Mary Ward Centre: 70 St. Mary Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1J3
Multiple forms of domestic and international human trafficking exist in Ontario, including sex and labour trafficking. While anyone can be affected by human trafficking, poverty, gender inequality and hyper sexualisation of women and girls, racism, colonialism and precarious immigration status are root causes. These and other factors, create greater vulnerability to human trafficking across Ontario
The FCJ Refugee Centre Youth Network would like to invite your Youth Group to collaborate and participate at the CCR Newcomer Youth Civic Engagement Project.
The aim of the project is to activate local CCR Youth Network Branches where newcomer youth, (not born in Canada) between 16 and 25 years old, develop their leadership skills and motivate other newcomer youth to get involved and together strategize around issues that newcomer youth are facing. Branches also facilitate youth engagement with organizations that serve newcomer youth in order to make their services more engaging and relevant to newcomer youth.
There will be three meetings the first meeting on February 16 th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at 1558 Bloor St W, will be a consultation with youth on the Ideal Journey to Canada. This session will consult youth on what is their vision for the experience of newcomer youth who arrive in Canada and their vision for Youth Engagement.
On February 26 th at 1:00 pm, 208 Oakwood Avenue will organize a meeting with organizations that serve newcomer youth, youth will present their findings. Together youth and organizations will discuss actions they can take to support youth engagement and improve the journey to Canada for newcomer youth, and after that we will share all the finding. It will be an excellent asset if your Organization and especial the Youth group can participate with us.
READY TOUR is a free program for refugee claimants waiting for their refugee hearing.
Sign UP and visit a refugee hearing room.
If you are a refugee claimant, this is a unique opportunity to be better prepared for your hearing, see an actual refugee hearing room.
For many refugee claimants the time before their hearing is stressful. The refugee hearing caused them additional stress and anxiety.
Benefits of the Ready Tour
Learn what will happen at the refugee hearing
Levels of anxiety will decrease
Empower participants to be well prepare for their refugee hearing
Learn who can participate at your hearing
What to do if you did not attend your hearing, or it was canceled
What will happen when the hearing finish
If you want to register for the Ready Tour, please answer the following questions and send it to Carolina Teves email@example.com
Country of origin:
Date of claim:(Month/Year)
Do you have a legal representative?
Who referred you to the Ready Tour, how did you learn about it?
What do you want to learn during the Ready Tour?
Ready Tours are scheduled FROM 9:30 AM TO 11:30 AM as follow: