The End Immigration Detention Network is going to court

On May 15th, The End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN) is going to court.  We need you to join us! SIGN UP HERE OR BELOW.

The case is Brown v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. It is a constitutional challenge to Canada’s immigration law, which allows indefinite immigration detention.

  • Alvin Brown is a Jamaican citizen who spent almost 5 years in immigration detention.
  • He lived in Canada from the age of 7, in 1983 until he was deported in September 2016.
  • He is challenging the entire detention review system as being unconstitutional, in part because there is no limit to the length of detention.
  • EIDN is a party in his case and will be bringing forward evidence of many detainees who have experienced lengthy and indefinite detention.
  • We will be arguing that indefinite immigration detention violates both international law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Please come to the Federal Court of Canada, 180 Queen St W, Toronto on May 15, 2017.

A rally and press conference will begin at 8:30am and court support begins at 9:30am.

EIDN has been campaigning for a release period for almost four years, arguing that a detainee should be released after 90 days if they are not removed.

EIDN would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of the many people involved, especially detainees who have courageously participated in this challenge to seek justice and dignity for immigration detainees. 

#EndDetentions #surroundTIHC (Toronto Immigration Holding Centre)

fb-banner-template-3Saturday, December 10 – 4pm
TIHC (Toronto Immigration Holding Centre), 385 Rexdale Blvd
Buses leave Kipling Subway Station at 3:15pm
RSVP for the bus below!

Racisms abound. Our families are displaced globally. They are denied status here in Canada.
Our Black and Brown families are locked up without charges or trial. Indefinitely. In max-security Ontario prisons.
15 detainees have died since 2000, 3 of them in the last 6 months.
The Toronto Immigration Holding Centre is being expanded, as are jails across the country.
On December 10th (International Human Rights Day), join us and join hands around this prison.
Against Detentions. Against Prisons. Not just for rights but for Freedom. For Freedom to Move, Return, Stay.
For our families. With Love.
#surroundTIHC #EndDetentions

Coordinated by No One Is Illegal – Toronto as a member of the End Immigration Detention Network

Toronto: Emergency Action with Hunger Striking Migrants

Around 50 immigration detainees have been hunger striking since July 11th to call for an end to their maximum security indefinite immigration detention. They have requested a meeting with Minister Ralph Goodale who has ignored them. 15 people have died in immigration detention, 3 in just the last five months under the current Liberal government. On Tuesday, July 19, Immigration Minister John McCallum is holding a secretive invitation only ‘consultation’ on immigration at 25 St Clair East. Join us at 9am as we bring the voices and names of those who have died, and those that are imprisoned without trial or charges to Minister McCallum. Join us to insist that the federal government cannot simply look away as dozens of Black and Brown migrants starve themselves just to be heard.


Peterborough: Migrant Strike Rally In solidarity with hunger-striking detainees!

This Monday July 18 at noon in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, SKIP LUNCH AND RALLY INSTEAD in solidarity with HUNGER-STRIKING immigration detainees jailed in nearby Lindsay, Ontario.

Since Monday, July 11th, over 50 Black and Brown men jailed in immigration detention without trial or charge in maximum security prisons in Ontario have been refusing food.

They are demanding a meeting with Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale. The detainees seek an end to indefinite detention in Canada and in the meantime want to be heard when speaking out against worsening current prison conditions.

Ralph Goodale’s office has repeated one strong message: That they will not talk with the public. Let’s demand that our Member of Parliament communicate her constituents’ concerns, and insist that Ralph Goodale meet with the detainees!

WHERE: Office of Peterborough Member of Parliament Maryam Monsef, 417 Bethune Street, Peterborough/Nogojiwanong

WHEN: Monday, July 18th, 12 pm to 1 pm

WHAT: A rally to:
* Celebrate the strength and resilience of immigration detainees who been hunger striking for 7 days
* Support the detainees in their demands: specifically, a meeting with federal Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale
* Ask that our MP Maryam Monsef take action to insist on behalf of her constituents to ensure that either Minister Goodale or some other body of the government of Canada respond in an immediate, public and transparent way to the claims and demands of the striking detainees

WHO: You- your family, your friends, their friends, those who believe we need to insist our representatives bring the concerns of their constituents forward, others committed to confronting injustice, racism and border imperialism… ALL WELCOME AND INVITED

HOW: Bring your voices, signs, cameras and love. Can’t join us? Skip lunch in solidarity with the hunger striking detainees. Tell your networks why you’re skipping lunch on social media using the hashtag#MigrantStrike2016.

Also, CALL / EMAIL / TWEET at MINISTER RALPH GOODALE. Ask him to meet the detainees.
613-947-1153 / @RalphGoodale /

Act Now: Immigration Detainees on Hunger Strike in Ontario

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Over 50 immigration detainees began to refuse food this morning at the maximum security Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, and the Toronto East Detention Centre in Scarborough calling for an end to indefinite detentions in maximum security prisons and protesting prison conditions that include lock-downs and solitary confinement. The immigration detainees are asking for a meeting with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to discuss their concerns.

Please help amplify their message!

Ask him to meet the detainees.
613-947-1153 / @RalphGoodale /
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“We would like immigration detention to end and something more fair or realistic be worked out. We would like to meet with MPs. To me, the way immigration detention is right now, it’s cruel and unusual punishment,” said Toby Clark, who has been in immigration detention since August 2014. “If your country refuses to issue travel documents, some people are held months, some people are held years and there is nothing that they can do about their country not issuing travel documents.It’s sad that people are separated from their family in Canada for so long, they don’t get a second chance.”    Continue reading

Act Now: Tell Ontario to #EndDetentions

160614_EIDN_MentalHealth_Rev-01.pngA growing chorus of voices are calling on Ontario to stop imprisoning migrants without charges or trial. The tide is turning, and a new Minister has been assigned to the issue. If we act now, we can end this unjust practice. 

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146 doctors, nurses and social workers and 109 lawyers called on Ontario to end the province’s deal with Ottawa that allows the jailing of immigration detainees in provincial prisons earlier this month.

Today 85 immigration detainees at Lindsay’s Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) are adding to the chorus, re-asserting their long standing demand to end their maximum security imprisonment in provincial jails without charges or trial. Help to amplify their message by calling, emailing and tweeting today, scroll below to see how. One-third of all immigration detainees in Canada are held in provincial jails, even though immigration is a federal matter.  

“Everyone has mental health problems. Once a month a psychiatrist comes to talk to you, and they only give you a sleeping pill. This is not helping my mental health, it’s making me sleep, that’s it. We don’t want to sleep, we want to be healthy. We are refugees being treated like bad people and nothing ever changes. Immigration detention needs to stop now.” – Ebrahim Toure, forty-five, from Guinea who has been detained for three years and seven months at CECC without cause. 

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We Remember! We Resist! April 22 Action & Reportback from March

April 22, 2016
Federal Liberal HQ (10 St Mary Street – Yonge & Charles)

Join us on Friday, April 22 at 1:30pm at 10 St Mary Street (Yonge & Charles) for a demonstration of rage, music, art, grief, and remembrance, and with a message loud and clear to the Liberal Government. Immigration detention is indefinite, unjust, and deadly.  It must end.

April 22 will mark exactly one month since the family of Francisco Javier Romero Astorga, a Chilean man who died in immigration detention, issued an open letter asking for help in finding out how Francisco died. They are still waiting for answers. Read their open letter here. Continue reading

Deaths in Detention: Families need answers – Call Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety TODAY

Francisco Javier Romero Astorga died 10 days ago and CBSA has refused to explain why he died. They haven’t even contacted his family. Francisco’s family want to know why their brother died, they want the Federal government to pay for his body to be sent home, they want to assurances that this will never happen again. And they are asking for your help.

Read the letter to the Canadian public from the Francisco’s family:

WHAT: Please call Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety at 613-991-2924 and ask him to release information to Francisco’s family, pay for transportation costs, and commit to ending detentions.

WHEN: Thursday, March 24

HOW: Sample phone script below. Continue reading

Emergency Vigil: No More Deaths in Immigration Detention!

12819281_908687752581602_4884663187356115438_oWHAT: Emergency Vigil Against Deaths in Immigration Detention
WHEN: 630pm, Tuesday, March 15, 2016
WHERE: CBSA Offices, 74 Victoria Street

Two immigration detainees have died in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency in less than a week.

Melkioro Gahungu was the 13th person to die in immigration detention custody since 2000. He hung himself earlier this week rather than be deported.

On Sunday, Francisco Javier Romero Astorga became the 14th. He died suddenly early Sunday at Maplehurst Correctional Complex, in Milton.

It’s time to end the deaths, it’s time to end immigration detention. Come out to the vigil and honour those who have died and demand change.

Please sign the petition at:

#Not1More #NoMoreDeaths #EndImmigrationDetention

Prisoner Justice Day 2015: Justice for Abdi! End Immigration Detention!

pjdImmigration detention petition delivery to Ontario Corrections Minister, Yasir Naqvi, on Prisoner Justice Day

August 10, 2015, 10am, Prisoner’s Justice Day
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
25 Grosvenor Street (Close to Wellesley Station)

It’s been two months since Abdurrahman Ibrahim Hassan (Abdi) died in immigration detention custody after being ‘restrained’ by police and border officials – and still no Coroner’s Inquest has been called in to his death. Join us on August 10th, Prisoner’s Justice Day to demand justice for Abdi, and an end to immigration detention in Ontario and across the country.

We will be delivering this petition initiated by 88 immigration detainees in the Central East Corrections Centre in Lindsay and


Who is Abdi and why the Ontario Correction Ministry? Continue reading