The Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) stands in solidarity with all refugees who have been affected by President Trump’s Executive Order banning nationals of Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Deporting refugees back to Syria or any other conflict zone is a violation of international law and human rights.

We also stand in solidarity with the lawyers across the United States who are fighting for the rights of these refugees and other affected individuals by using the legal and judicial system to prevent inhumane removals and deportations.

The mandate of CCIJ is to assist and support survivors of atrocities as they seek justice and redress for the human rights abuses they have suffered. The majority of our clients are refugees who have found safety and security in Canada. Indeed, refugees are by definition victims and witnesses of gross human rights abuses, who flee their country of origin because of failures in our international justice system to hold their perpetrators accountable.

Turning refugees away from safety and into harm’s way constitutes a human rights violation, a breach of the Refugee Convention – to which Canada and the United States are a party – and contravenes every principle for which CCIJ stands.

In the spirit of our mandate, we are providing resources below to all individuals in Canada who would like to ensure that this country remains open and welcoming to all refugees, including those whose status has been jeopardized by President Trump’s Executive Order.

Together, we can make a difference.

The Staff & Board of the Canadian Centre for International Justice 


Resources

Please note that the below resources do not constitute legal advice. These resources have been made available for your information only. 

Human Rights & Civil Liberties Organizations

This list includes organizations that have been publicly advocating about the implications of President Trump’s Executive Order for Canadians, its impact on refugees and immigrants to Canada, and concrete action the Canadian government can take to protect the human rights of those affected by the ban.

Refugee & Immigration Legal Services in Canada

This list includes organizations that provide Refugee and Immigration legal services across Canada or in select provinces.

*Are you a licensed lawyer available to provide legal support to affected individuals at the airport? Please fill out this form.

What can you do as a Canadian?

You can call or email your local Member of Parliament (MP) to express your concerns about the Executive Order and advocate for policies in Canada that would support those affected.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has drafted a template letter, email, and phone script that outlines specific requests that you can make of your MP in response to the ban.

For Further Background

Full Annotated Text of the Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States

Full Text of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States

Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Canadian Government Announcement: End of the Temporary Policy Allowing Additional Private Sponsorship of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

Temporary Resident Permits in Canada 

Can CCIJ help you?

Are you a refugee in Canada and a survivor of torture, war crimes, genocide, or other atrocities? Email us at info@ccij.ca or fill this contact form to find out about your opportunities for justice and how CCIJ can help.

If you believe in CCIJ’s mission, please consider making a donation now to support us in helping refugees and other survivors of atrocities seek justice.