The Justice for Ivonne Committee would like to thank everyone who joined us for our Mothers Against Borders that took place on Saturday, May 10th. We would also like to thank you for your generous donations. Ivonne is very touched by your support.
We exceeded our expectations for the day and raised nearly $800 to help Ivonne pay for her legal fees. Many thanks again for your support and generosity.
However, we are still far from our $6000 goal. We would like to encourage folks to share our fundraising campaign in their networks:
You can also follow our donation thermometer on our website : www.justicepourivonne.org
Solidarity with non-status mothers!
The Justice for Ivonne Committee
Lorne Centre, 2390 Ryde St. (Charlevoix Metro)
Saturday, 10 May 2014, at 11am
Free Entry & Free Food, but donations to help with Ivonne’s legal costs are encouraged. Suggested: $10 to $20.
Fun activities for kids!
Any special dietary needs or other accessibility questions? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org!
On the eve of Mothers’ Day, the Justice for Ivonne Committee is hosting a brunch to celebrate the struggle of Ivonne Hernandez and other courageous mothers who have crossed and defied borders for their children. The event is also a fundraiser to help cover Ivonne’s legal fees in her continuing fight to stay in Canada with her son.
Guests are invited to come with a small toast to celebrate the courage and strength of mothers against borders: a poem, a few simple words, a testimony, or even an art object.
The Struggle for Status Continues
-> Read more below about what you can do, including contributing to fundraising efforts (it’s urgent!), joining our Justice for Ivonne contingent on March 8th (International Women’s Day), and writing a support letter!
**NEW: Justice for Ivonne facebook page – like it to follow updates**
“Justice for Ivonne” contingent in the 8th March protest (International Women’s Day)
After a day and a half of hearings in family court, Ivonne finally regained full custody of her 1-year old son, at least for the time-being. Ivonne and her son have been separated since January 10th, when a judge in St-Jérôme granted custody to her ex-partner, citing her immigration status. This ruling is temporary until a full trial scheduled for the fall. Ivonne’s ex-partner has visiting rights. This means that Ivonne cannot leave Canada with her child, and highlights the importance of regularizing her status.
Although Ivonne has a Federal Court stay, her status in Canada is still not permanent. This means she cannot access many essential services (such as daycare, healthcare and child supplements) and remains at risk of deportation in the long-run. The struggle continues!
Justice for Ivonne! Status for All!
-> Non-status survivor of conjugal violence loses custody of son, arrested in pre-planned public ambush, and faces imminent deportation
Urgent Solidarity Picket Tomorrow
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 at 12:30pm
Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
200 René-Lévesque West (Complexe Guy-Favreau)
métro Place d’Armes or métro Place-des-Arts
– Write/call/fax the Minister of Immigration (details below)
– Court solidarity; details to be announced (visit @SolidariteMTL on twitter or www.solidarityacrossborders.org for updates)
– Email us at email@example.com to stay in touch
Support rally for Ivonne, outside IRB, 24 January 2014
Ivonne Angelina Hernandez Segura, a survivor of conjugal violence who has been living without immigration status in Canada for a year and a half, was arrested in a pre-planned public ambush involving police and border authorities at Berri-UQAM metro station at approximately 4pm yesterday (January 22). Ivonne was arrested while she was picking up her one-year old son from her ex-partner.
Ivonne is at risk of imminent deportation. If she is deported, her son will be separated from her, perhaps for life. She is currently being held at Laval Immigration Detention Centre. She will appear at a Detention Review hearing tomorrow before the Immigration and Refugee Board, at Complexe Guy-Favreau.
On 11 December 2013, Ivonne fled to a women’s shelter with her son to escape a situation of conjugal violence. Her ex-partner promptly denounced her to authorities. In a shocking ruling on 10 January 2014, a family court judge awarded custody of the child to the father because of Ivonne’s vulnerable immigration status. Ivonne and her son were allowed to see each other six hours a week.