Statement on the Passing of Nell Toussaint

Nell Toussaint

Nell Toussaint

The FCJ Refugee Centre community received with deep sadness the passing of Nell Toussaint, a giant defender of a basic human right: access to health care.

For more than 2 decades, she was fighting for the right to life and non-discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

FCJ Refugee Centre stands in solidarity with the family of Ms. Toussaint and all those who are facing challenges accessing health care.

Vulnerable populations with precarious migration are at high risk and are facing the same challenges Nell fought to eliminate.

At FCJ Refugee Centre we strongly believe everyone has the right to access basic health care and the government should take action instead of creating more barriers to essential services and rights for people with irregular immigration status.

As an organization supporting precarious populations, we are making a call to the government to implement treaties in good faith, including the Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, which Canada voluntarily ratified to give the UN Human Rights Committee jurisdiction to hear individual cases.


More information:

Amnesty International Joint Statement

The international human rights movement is saddened by the passing of groundbreaking human rights defender and champion Nell Toussaint on 9 January 2023.

Ms. Toussaint fought courageously for equal access to essential health care for people with irregular immigration status in Canada, herself having been denied access to public health benefits due to her irregular migrancy status, placing her life at risk and leading to serious long-term health consequences. When the Canadian justice system failed to recognize her claim to the right to life and non-discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Ms. Toussaint successfully brought her case to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee, achieving a precedent-setting decision in 2018 that the right to life under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) covers “essential health care to prevent a reasonably foreseeable risk that can result in loss of life.” The decision also stressed that these guarantees apply without discrimination against persons with irregular migrancy status. This was the first decision of its kind and represented a significant advance in the equal protection of migrants and access to essential health care under international law. Keep reading »

She went from undocumented to undeniable. Advocate whose fight against Canadian government reached the UN remembered as an ‘inspiration’ »
By Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star

Nell Toussaint clears legal hurdle for health care for migrants without status in Canada »
By Tracy Glynn, Canadian Health Coalition

Employment Opportunity: Refugee Housing Project Coordinator

Full time position
Contract position until Dec. 31st, 2023
Start date: Immediate
Wage: $24.34/hr + benefits
Application deadline: Jan 27th, 2023


Organizational Information

FCJ Refugee Centre strives to meet the diverse needs of uprooted people in communities across Ontario and attempts to address the problems of poverty and lack of resources, isolation, and discrimination through community-based programs which promote self-help, personal growth, community economic development and social justice.

Description

The Refugee Housing Project Coordinator will coordinate the refugee housing program, with the aim of finding permanent housing for refugees, circumventing the City Shelter System. Project scope will include refugee settlement support, acquisition of emergency shelter through integrated network of hotels and shelters, and sourcing permanent housing. Project Coordinator will work in collaboration with the Refugee Settlement Workers, Refugee Housing Workers, supervised by the Associate Director. As with all roles within the office, there are certain overarching responsibilities that apply to each stream of this role. These duties include the attention to case management, the attendance to all staff and program specific meetings, following the policies of anti-oppression, confidentiality, the maintenance of accurate client records & files, and reporting. This position will also include overnight after-hours emergency client intake, on a rotation basis with the coordinated Refugee Housing Project team. The position will include the possibility of a hybrid model of in person and remote work. Covid-19 vaccination is a condition of employment.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate and support the Refugee Protection and Housing programs in all aspects of work including but not limited to:
    • Coordinate refugee settlement services including form filling, applications to Legal Aid, Ontario Works, housing search, contacting coalition partners for shelter and permanent housing needs, and addressing emerging support for refugee clients.
    • Provide coordinated case management with internal and external stakeholders, including liaison with Intake and Refugee Housing Project Coordinator to include appropriate referrals, advocacy and ensure continued support and stabilization.
    • Expand relationships with landlords in Toronto, and shelter systems outside of Toronto.
    • Within the collaborative team model, ensure 24/7 emergency shelter access for refugees.
    • Represent the organization at community activities, networks and coalitions.
    • Ensure to update client’s file in the database every day, and to check respective information up-to-date.
    • Assisting in sorting out daily donations and taking them to respective places.
    • Complete regular reporting as required.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Follow organizational policies of Anti-Oppressive practices, confidentiality, and reporting.
  • Maintain accurate client records and files.

Qualifications

  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset.
  • Excellent program and project management skills.
  • Results oriented, highly motivated, and able to work effectively independently or within a team setting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and background in working with individuals from diverse communities.
  • Strong foundation in settlement and refugee-serving sectors.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and planning skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a wide variety of agencies in a community-based setting and within an anti-oppression framework.
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Computer literacy skills including Microsoft Office, the Internet, and email.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: refugees/migrants, women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and résumé by email only (in word format) by Wednesday Jan 27th 5:00 pm to: Alexandra: alexandra.garcia@fcjrefugeecentre.org.

Thank you

FCJ Refugee Centre

Employment Opportunity: Youth Worker

Employment Opportunity - Youth WorkerApplication deadline: Jan 20th, 2023
Hours: 37.5 hours weekly
Hourly rate: $23.10/hr
Start date: January, 2023

The Youth Worker will support in the FCJ Youth Network, an inclusive space for newcomer youth regardless of immigration status, to come together and support each other, get involved in the community, participate in a variety of activities and workshops, and engage in self-advocacy and activism; and the Access To Education Programming that works on the frontline, in advocacy at the elementary through post-secondary level of formal education and the alternatives to formal education.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate and develop youth-focused events, including recreational activities, socials, workshops, projects and weekly meetings.
  • Provide individualized supportand case management, including but not limited to: Legal Aid, Ontario Works, Immigration Applications, and referral processes to other services (in-house or externally).
  • Lead and be the main support person for the scheduling and management of the Home Is Here Podcast.
  • Support with school enrollments at elementary and secondary level, predominantly within the Toronto School Boards.
  • Conduct community outreach to partner organizations, youth service providers, schools, shelters and otherspaces which youth are present.
  • Contribute to creating awareness and building capacity through participating in meetings,webinars,or trainings for stake holder organizationsand partners, following FCJ’s emphasis on equity and inclusion of precarious migrant youth at the organizational level.
  • Support Youth & Access To Education Coordinator with pathways to post-secondary education advocacy project.
  • Collaborate with Youth & Access To Education Coordinator in writingprogram tool-kits, reports (including program/service evaluations),and collaborate in the creation of advocacy letters, pamphlets, posters and other promotinoal material which contribute to advocacy and outreach work.
  • Adhere to organizational policies, including confidentiality, reporting and anti-oppression.
  • Where required, work interdependently with other teams in the office.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in working with newcomer youth (immigrant, refugee, or non-status), and providing individual and group supports in youth.
  • Lived experience with Ontario education system/barriers in accessing education with relation to immigration status is an asset.
  • Strong youth engagement skills for program development and delivery.
  • Experience working from a resiliency, intersectionaland anti-oppression based framework.
  • Adept in public speaking with experience in facilitating workshops, meetings and information sessions.
  • Proficiency with use of computers and Microsoft Office 365.
  • Knowledge in media production such as podcasts, videos and technological expertise in Zoomand social media, considered an asset.
  • Second language an asset.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members ofthe following designated groups: women, visible minority, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and résumé by email only (in word format) by Jan 20th to Alexandra: alexandra.garcia@fcjrefugeecentre.org.

Thank you

FCJ Refugee Centre

Join the FCJ Youth Network Winter Activities!

The FCJ Youth Network doesn’t stop for the winter! There is still time to register for our activities:

Free music classes for kids

As a part of our Uprooted Junior Program, FCJ Refugee Centre and Musicbox Children’s Charity are offering free music classes. Come build musical foundations through fun, educational and engaging activities. Classes are open to kids 6-12, and hosted by skilled volunteers that speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish.

Learn more and register »

Webinar: School Enrollment

Due to the increasing need for support with school enrollments and recognizing that January is usually a busy school season, we are hosting a webinar on the school enrollment process for elementary and secondary schools in the TDSB.

Learn more and register »

Employment Opportunity: Anti-Human Trafficking Youth Coordinator

Application deadline: January 13rd, 2023
Hours: 37.5 hours weekly

The AHT youth coordinator is tasked with developing and implementing the youth led programming, through an anti-human trafficking lens at the FCJ Refugee Centre. This work directly involvesparticipation and coordination with the centre’sYouth Network, and the Youth Alliance Against Human Trafficking.

The FCJ Youth Network offers positive and inclusive space that works from ananti-oppressive, trauma informed intersectional framework and welcomes anyone regardless of aspect of their identity including their immigration status, race, gender identity, sexual identity, or language abilities. As a youth-led initiative, the group meets weekly to socialize, participate in workshops, and engage in discussions about issues which impact them. In addition to being a space migrant youth to connect with youth who share their lived experiences, the group also provide a platform for migrant youth to be leaders and advocate for their rights.

The Youth Alliance Against HT is a program which provides access to information, resources and wrap-around supports for youth at-risk of and in conditions of human trafficking andimplements a peer-to-peer approach in connecting individuals with lived experiences toinclusive and appropriate resources.The program conducts a youth-led preventative strategy in providing materials and hosting information sessions with the goal of increasing awareness about the intersectionality of youth and Human Trafficking, and increasing the capacity of service providers to support youth.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead the Youth Network, and the Youth Alliance Against Human Trafficking program.
  • Provide interpersonal case management through appropriate individualized support, and access to information to vulnerable young precarious migrants, at-risk youth and young survivors of human trafficking.
  • Provide ongoing case management with holistic approachconnecting youth to specialized services, working on immigration applications, providing settlement services including access to education,housing and health and advocacy.
  • Provide access to resources through information and guidance to program participants on their rights as migrant youth, as well as labour rights as they related to exploited youth, at-risk youth and youth survivors of human trafficking.
  • Conduct outreach to partner organizations, youth service providers, schools, shelters and other spaces where youth are present about the Youth Alliance program and the FCJ Youth Network.
  • Organize and facilitate bi-monthly steering committee meetings for the Youth Alliance program
  • Organize and facilitate weekly meetings for the FCJ Youth Network.
  • Facilitate and developyouth social events, activities, outings, and informative workshops for the Youth Alliance program and the FCJ Youth Network. This includes facilitating workshops on Human Trafficking and its related themes andhosting the weekly FCJ Youth Network meetings.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date client records.
  • Collaborate with the Youth and Anti-Human trafficking teams in writing program tool-kits, reports (including program/service evaluations), and collaborate in the creation of advocacy letters, pamphlets, posters and other promotional material which contributes to advocacy work.
  • Contribute to creating awareness and community building capacity through participating in meetings, representing FCJ in coalitionssuch CCR, TCHTN among others, and attending training for stake holder organizations and partners, informing onpossible different types of issues which affect migrant youth (including human trafficking).
  • Adhere to organization policies including confidentiality, reporting and anti-oppression.

Qualifications:

  • Second language capabilities required –fluency in French, Portuguese, or Spanish.
  • Previous experience writing evaluations, reports and/or tool-kits is required.
  • Experience in working with newcomer youth (immigrant, refugee, or non-status), and providing individual and group supports to marginalized youth.
  • Knowledgeable about community resources. •Strong youth engagement skills for program development and delivery is required.
  • Experience working from an intersectional and anti-oppression based framework is required.
  • Adept in public speaking with experience in facilitating workshops, meetings and information sessions.
  • Knowledgeable in media production such as podcasts, videos, and technological expertise in Zoom, Go To Meeting and social media, considered an asset.
  • Lived experience with human trafficking and/or migration will be recognized.
  • Must be willing and able to work in a flexible environment andcollaborate with other program areas as needed.
  • Must be able to adapt a flexible work arrangement which may include a combination of virtual remote work fromhome and work in office arrangements. This will be based on organization and program needs as determined by supervisor.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minority, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and résumé by email only (in word format) by January 13rd to Alexandra: alexandra.garcia@fcjrefugeecentre.org.

Thank you.

FCJ Refugee Centre

Free Music Classes for Kids at FCJ Refugee Centre

Musicbox LessonsAs a part of our Uprooted Junior Program, FCJ Refugee Centre and Musicbox Children’s Charity are offering free music classes.

  • Where: In-person at the FCJ Refugee Centre’s Great Hall (208 Oakwood Ave., Toronto, ON M6E 2V4)
  • When: Fridays
  • Time: 4pm-5pm & 5pm-6pm
  • Start Date: January 13, 2023

Come build musical foundations through fun, educational and engaging activities!

Open to kids 6-12!

Hosted by skilled volunteers that speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish.

For more information, please contact Stefan:

stefanjk@fcjrefugeecentre.org

To register, please fill out and submit the following form:

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Refugee Help in Refugee Hands: The Francisco Rico-Martinez Endowment Fund

In 2020, as he did every year, our beloved late director Francisco Rico-Martínez adopted for the last time the role of Santa Claus, to bring joy, hope and gifts to the children of refugees, immigrants and undocumented people during the holiday season.

The FCJ Refugee Centre’s Francisco Rico-Martínez Endowment Fund, created in Francisco’s memory, seeks to keep alive that tradition of help and solidarity, so we can continue our work in favour of the most vulnerable populations.

This holiday season, you can contribute to keep refugee help in refugee hands.

Please make your donation here:

FCJ Refugee Centre relies on supporters like you to carry out important work. We support refugee claimants, those without status, migrant workers, women and children in need of housing, victims of human-trafficking… We also have a free health clinic, run a vibrant youth group and organize many other important initiatives that need support.

Thank you so much for your help. Every act of generosity counts.

Our Fall Newsletter is ready!

Our Fall 2022 Newsletter is ready! Check it out to find information about this Season of Giving and the different ways you can contribute to keep refugee help in refugee hands, including our new Francisco-Rico Martinez Endowment Fund. Learn also how you can support your community with initiatives like Bag of Toronto, and read about the campaign Open Work Permits Now, the Regularize Now Quilt Project, the Canadian Council for Refugees Consultation, the FCJ Youth Network activities, and much more.

Click here to access the document if you can’t see it in this page.

Newsletter Fall 2022

 

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