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: https://endimmigrationdetention.com/2016/03/22/franciscofamilyletter/

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

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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: http://www.change.org/p/trudeau-end-unjust-immigration-detention

#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

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE TWO THOUSAND SIGNATURES BY AUGUST 10th. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE! 

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

We visited Naqvi, will you call him? (with pictures)

On November 18th 2014, we sent a letter to Ontario Minister responsible for prisons Yasir Naqvi demanding that he cut all ties with CBSA and stop collaborating in the indefinite, cruel and unjust detention of migrants in Ontario’s maximum security prisons. The Minister, who is also the Ontario Liberal House Leader, has yet to reply and Ontario continues to profit from Harper’s anti-immigrant laws. Immigration detentions must end.

So on March 16, 2015 representatives from the End Immigration Detention Network, No One Is Illegal Ottawa and Parent-Child Coalition for Justice visited Minister Naqvi and demanded that he act now.

Add your voice to ours. Take action with us!

* SIGN THIS PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/harper-end-indefinite-immigration-detention
* WRITE/CALL/TWEET AT YASIR NAQVI: Demand that the he end the imprisonment of migrants in Ontario prisons without trial or charge.

Tweet: https://twitter.com/yasir_naqvi
Call: 416-325-0408, 416-325-7754, or 613-722-6414
Write: ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

SOME FACTS:

  • Immigration detention is imprisonment without trial or charges.
  • Of the 9,932 detentions that took place in 2013, 2,434 detentions took place in Ontario’s maximum security prisons. At any given time, between 520 and 700 people are in immigration detention in Canada. About 40 per cent of them are in Ontario provincial jails.
  • In fiscal 2013-2014, the Feds paid Ontario more than $21 million for jail space for immigration detainees.
  • The release rate at the monthly detention review hearing where continued imprisonment of immigrants facing deportations in Central Region (Ontario, minus Ottawa and Kingston) is 9%. Its 25.5% in the rest of the country.
  • Detainees in Ontario jails spend an average of 40 days in custody – twice the 20-day average for immigration detainees in general. Some, of course, are in jail for 8-10 years. Detainees in Lindsay stay an average of 82 days there (allowing for early release, that’s equivalent to a four-month jail sentence for someone in the criminal justice system).

IMMIGRATION DETENTION
** Is not a provincial matter
** Is imprisonment without an end in sight
** Lacks due process
** Separates families
** Kills

Our letter to Naqvi.

We Want Them Back! We Want Them Free! Don’t Separate Our Families

Nearly a 150 of us descended on to the Central East Correctional Centre on Monday, Feb 16th. With the weather dropping below -30 celsius, plus windchill, we gathered with our breaths and hearts warm, calling for an end to immigration detentions and deportations.

Led by the high-school organizers from our Youth Committee, we marched right around the prison to where the immigration detainees are imprisoned. Seeing us, hundreds of prisoners banged on their glass windows, raised fists, and waved prison-made flags at us.

Melika Mojarrab, 15, whose father Masoud Hajivand is imprisoned at Lindsay spoke of her family’s separation. Breia, 16, whose brother is in detention thanked those gathered, and Martin who was released after 36 months in immigration detention insisted that we cannot stop until the injustice of immigration detention is over.

Pictures by Shaghayegh Tajvidi

 

REUNITE: Families for Families in Detention

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Immigrant detainees are being held indefinitely and without charge or trial in Lindsay’s maximum security jail. Unlike many of us, this Family Day, they will not be reuniting with their families. In fact, they are unable to see their families on most other days because Lindsay is inaccessible by public transport.

On February 16th, bring your family, young and old – sisters, fathers, sons, grandmothers and friends – and stand in solidarity with hundreds of families that are impacted by indefinite migrant detention, and the 100,000 more separated by detention over the past 8 years.

Where: The Central East Correctional Facility in Lindsay Ontario
When: 4:00pm (buses leaving from Toronto, Peterborough, Guelph – scroll below to register and for details)

Everyone should be able to be with the people they love every day! Continue reading

Pack The Courts: Critical Legal Challenge to Immigration Detention

Scales of JusticeDear friends,

We need you to pack the courthouse for 1 morning for an important legal fight to end part of the injustices of immigration detention.

As you know, nearly 200 migrants jailed indefinitely without trial or charge, have been waging a courageous struggle against immigration detentions and deportations in a max-security prison in Lindsay, Ontario since September 2013. Those migrants have gone on hunger strike, boycotted their detention reviews, refused to enter their cells and organized despite the violence and alienation of prisons.

To support their struggle, the End Immigration Detention Network, has organized rallies and petitions, gone to the United Nations, uncovered deep discrepancies in the detention review process, and worked to shed light on the injustice of detentions and deportations. The spotlight on the abuses inherent in the system has shone even brighter as a result of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death in immigration custody in Vancouver, in December 2013.

Our struggle is entering a critical new phase. In this coming week, we need you to pack a downtown Toronto courthouse, for an innovative court challenge we are launching. We cannot reveal the details of this step yet, but we urge you to fill out this form, if you are available between 9am and noon, on December 11, 12, 15 or 16. We will only need all of you to be there for one of these mornings.

We will email you details on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014. Your presence in the courthouse will be critical in showing broad community opposition to immigration detention.

Please fill out this form, and share this call out with trusted friends and family members.

With love and solidarity,
End Immigration Detention Network