The #donttakethekids movement has requested that children’s toys be piled in front of the US Consulate in Toronto on June 8, 2018 at 2 pm.
"The US administration has found a powerful new way to stop people from crossing its borders: taking away their children. In recent months, over 700 little kids – including more than 100 babies and toddlers – have been taken from their detained parents and sent to facilities across the country."
The toys will represent a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is fighting the new policy in court. The event details can be found here.
The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Global Migration and Health Initiative (GloMHI), are hosting the Work, Migration and Health Forum 2018.
The Forum examines the labour experiences of temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, refugees, working international students and undocumented migrants, and explores opportunities for effective interventions, including: developing responsive policies and regulations; providing accessible health care, social services, and community support; delivering workplace health and safety prevention initiatives; and fostering the engagement and empowerment of workers.
The event will take place at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (UofT) on May 8 & 9, 2018 with a Pre-Event Public Lecture on the evening of May 7, 2018. Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. Santino Severoni of the World Health Organization (WHO), Sara Mojtehedzadeh of the Toronto Star, Nadira Begum from Access Alliance and Basak Yanar of the Institute for Work and Health (IWH).
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will be screening the film, Human Flow, on April 23 at Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on refugee and migration issues with experts and aid workers from Doctors Without Borders, who will share their stories of responding to the needs of refugees, migrants and internally displaced people in various places around the world.
Speakers will include MSF's Dr. Joanne Perry and Carol Devine who works on forced migration and climate change.
2018 David Dodge CIFAR Lecture - Boundaries of Inclusion: Migration, Human Rights and National Values.
The 2018 David Dodge CIFAR Lecture will be happening on May 2, 2018 in Toronto. CIFAR Senior Fellow Irene Bloemraad will explore the complexities of framing and how we divide “us” from “them.” Dr. Bloemraad highlights that understanding and implementing the possibilities of inclusive nationalism is an urgent challenge today as some leaders are linking nationalism to policies that will close borders and lead to a further divide.
"While nationalism is growing around the world, record numbers of people are migrating beyond their country of birth. Increasingly, these migrants face hostility and discrimination by native-born citizens who see them as outsiders."
The Challenging Migrant Detention Conference is happening on June 19 -21, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.
The conference will draw on experiences of detention and resistance in multiple countries, and discuss strategies to challenge migrant detention, including research, litigation and community mobilization.
François Crépeau, McGill University, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants; Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University; Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford; Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR; Guglielmo Schinina, IOM; representatives of the International Detention Coalition, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, End Immigration Detention Network, and many others
· Detention of children
· Migrant voices: former detainees speak out
· Mental health impact of immigration detention
· Migrants’ experiences at the US/Mexico border
· Resistance to deportation and detention in Israel, Italy and Greece
· Fortress Europe: From the Balkans route to Mediterranean hotspots
· Detention of migrants in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia
· Racialization and Othering in the detention process
· Innovative judicial remedies, from habeas corpus to Charter damages
· Strategies for minimizing immigration detention in Canada
The largest majority of black asylum seekers in 2017 were Haitians, mainly crossing from the U.S.-Canada border. The Caribbean Solidarity Network and Hart House Social Justice Committee at the University of Toronto are hosting an event "to explore the historical context of black asylum seekers at the Canadian border, more specifically the unique experience of Haitian migrants and the current political climate in the Trump-Trudeau era. The panel will discuss current efforts to provide legal support for Haitians at the Lacolle, Quebec border and the challenges facing in-land border crossings and the refugee claim process for claimants that do not match the ‘traditional asylum seeker’ narrative."
Panelists include: Dr. Melanie Newton, Saron Gebresellassi and Fedora Mathieu. The event will take place from on March 29, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the University of Toronto's Hart House.
Registration for the International Refugee Rights Conference 2018 is now open. The Conference will be held in June 2018 at York University. Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, UNHCR representatives, government officials, refugees and migrants are invited.
The aim of the conference is to increase the effectiveness of NGOs in advocating for the rights of refugees and migrants.
The 2nd annual Queer Directions Symposium is being held to discuss current important issues in queer and sexuality studies. The focus of this year’s symposium is on issues of Queer Transnationalisms/Queer Diasporas. The panel will feature presentations from Dr.Gayatri Gopinath, Dr. Xavier Livermon, Dr. Jafari Allen and Dr. Helen Hok-Sze Leung. The forum presents an important opportunity to gain insight of the academic landscape at the intersection of queer and sexuality studies and migration studies.
The public panel will take place on March 2, 2018 at the Jackman Law Building Bennet Lecture Hall (RM P120) from 4-6 pm.
The Public Health Woke Coalition is hosting a conference in Chicago on February 3, 2018, with the aim of offering the resources and networking options to advance the "safety, protection, and sanctuary healthcare for marginalized groups of people within the healthcare setting."
The focus of the conference will be on the health and legal challenges encountered when caring for immigrants and marginalized people.
The Newcomer Students’ Association at Ryerson University is holding their first annual Immigrant, Refugee and International Students Conference on November 25, 2017. The conference will include panel discussions exploring the various factors influencing the experiences of migrants and newcomers.
The daylong conference will be addressing important questions such as: "What are the challenges for migrants, refugees, and international students entering a Canadian university? How does the media shape our perception of migrant stories? What are the opportunities for women who are newcomers to assume leadership roles?"
The conference will be held at the Ryerson University Student Centre from 9 am to 8 pm. Admission is free.
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