Reports and Statements

VPD refusing Access without Fear for migrant communities (Sanctuary Health, July 2018) At a public meeting at on Thursday July 19th, the Vancouver Police Department will ask its Police Board to pass fake “Access to Police Services without Fear” guidelines, which will only create a false sense of security. Sanctuary Health asks community to tell the police that their guidelines are unacceptable by protesting outside their meeting and/or by signing up to speak directly to the board.

Still Waiting, Still Afraid: Auditing Sanctuary City Policies in the City of Vancouver (Sanctuary Health, May 2018) It has been two years since the City of Vancouver passed its Access without Fear policy. While we’ve witnessed Vancouver’s mayor and City Council celebrate the policy as an example of the City of Vancouver’s inclusive and welcoming nature, the policy has not been implemented. Sanctuary Health Vancouver, with the support of a group of UBC students, conducted an audit on the implementation of Access without Fear policies in the City of Vancouver. This report presents the results from this audit.

What is Primary Care? Manavi Handa (Ryerson University, July 2015) Manavi Handa discusses the growing number of people living in Canada without government-funded health insurance and their right to quality health care.

Sanctuary Health Statement on Municipal Elections (Sanctuary Health, June 2018) As we see heartbreaking violence happening at all borders and as the municipal elections approach, several candidates and parties have been speaking out about Sanctuary City – and the city’s Access Without Fear Policy. Sanctuary Health Vancouver states that they are a non-partisan group. Sanctuary Health has not and will not endorse any political candidates.

Expanding Sanctuary: What Makes a City a Sanctuary Now? (Mijente, January 2017) This report from the United States, documents what a city needs to do to become an effective Sanctuary City.

Position Paper: Sanctuary City (West Coast LEAF, February 2015) This Position Paper describes the need for a Sanctuary City in Vancouver, the key components of a effective Sanctuary City policy, and considerations for successfully implementing a Sanctuary City policy in the City of Vancouver.

Recommendations for Toronto District School Board: Best Practices in Providing Access to Education for Students with Precarious Immigration Status (No One Is Illegal-Toronto, 2014) This is a best practices guide to support the TDSB in ensuring that the promise of Access Without Fear is realized.

Sanctuary City Info Sheet (AMSSA, March 2014) This Info Sheet provides a brief summary of the history of the Sanctuary City movement, and explores what it means for a city to adopt Sanctuary City policies. It also addresses a number of common misconceptions around the concept of Sanctuary Cities.

Who We Are: Municipal ID Cards as a Local Strategy to Promote Belonging and Shared Community Identity (The Center for Popular Democracy, December 2013) The purpose of this report is to describe the various municipal ID programs that have sprung up across the United States, to compare the features of the different campaigns as well as the ID cards and policies themselves, and to encourage further conversation among other local constituencies and legislators about whether a municipal ID program would benefit their communities.

Often Asking, Always Telling: The Toronto Police Service and the Sanctuary City Policy (No One Is Illegal-Toronto, November 2015) This report presents new evidence that the Toronto Police Service (TPS) is not complying with the City of Toronto’s Access Without Fear directives and often violates its own partial “Don’t Ask” policy.

To Serve Some and Protect Fewer: The Toronto Police Services’ Policy on Non-Status Victims and Witnesses of Crimes (Osgoode Hall Law School Journal of Law and Social Policy, January 2009) An article examining the current Toronto Police Services policy on victims and witnesses without legal status and evaluates the legal and policy arguments raised both for and against a robust “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy with respect to non-status individuals. It concludes that in the absence of a “Don’t Tell” policy, there remains a substantial and a very real concern that the current policy measures will do little, if anything, to increase the trust that non-status individuals are able to place in the police.

Police Services: Safe Access for All; Legal Arguments for a Complete “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy (Immigration Legal Committee, May 2008) A report to the Toronto Police Board recommending that that Toronto police adopt a policy to prevent officers from disclosing immigration status, should they become aware of it. It argues that not only is there no duty to disclose, but a practice of regular disclosure of immigration status by police is likely contrary to statutory, constitutional and international law.

NOII Statement: Inquest into Lucia Vega Jimenez Death in CBSA Custody (No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories, October 2014) A statement for the inquest into the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez, a migrant detainee who died in CBSA custody. The statement outlines a long-term vision and short-term recommendations with an explicit focus on ending detentions and deportations.

Other Sanctuary City Movements

Solidarity City Network (Toronto) organises for access to services for all residents of Toronto, regardless of immigration status, and demands status for all. We are going to keep working to make sure that Toronto becomes a Sanctuary City.

Hamilton Sanctuary City Coalition is made up of Hamiltonians (both individual community members and representatives of community agencies) who want to help ensure that this city can be a home and a place of solidarity for everyone living here, whatever our citizenship or immigration status.

Solidarity City (Montreal) is the creation of a community that rejects a system engendering poverty and anguish, not solely for immigrants and refugees, but also for other Montrealers confronting these same realities. We are opposing fear, isolation, precarity and division. We strike back with solidarity, mutual aid, support work and direct action.

Other Migrant Advocates

Sanctuary Health is a grassroots community group. We deploy direct action, movement-building, community-engagement, and direct support strategies to advocate for access to services for all regardless of immigration status or documentation. We are committed to building cross-sectoral alliances of mutual support to advance the migrant-justice movement on unceded Coast Salish territories.

The Migrant Rights Network  is a cross-Canada alliance to combat racism and fight for migrant justice. We are a network of self-organized migrants including farmworkers, careworkers, international students, undocumented people as well as allies.

Fuerza Migrante is a community organization that seeks to transform a world stained by exploitation and injustice. They work to build an autonomous movement of migrants, based on mutual aid and community self-defense.

MigrantWorkersRights is an open network of migrant workers, human rights activists, trade unionists, researchers, journalists, community workers, institutional analysts, members of parliament, etc. aiming at centralizing and making public all information (analysis, testimonies, statistics, etc.) relevant to the international, national and/or local promotion and defence of the human rights of migrant workers with temporary or other precarious legal status.

Agriculture Workers Alliance in association with UFCW Canada operates Canada’s largest association for agriculture workers with a network of 10 help centres across Canada where the rights of all farm workers come first—no matter where they come from.

Justicia for Migrant Workers is a grassroots advocacy group based in Toronto and Vancouver. Composed of migrant workers and allies, we fight for the interests of workers in Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

Mining Justice Alliance is a coalition of activists, civil society organizations, students, and community members who initially formed to mobilize around Gorldcorp’s 2011 Annual General Meeting. Our focus has expanded in response to widespread concerns about endemic injustice within Canada’s state-supported mining industry.

Health for All is a Toronto-based grassroots organization fighting for health for all, irrespective of immigration status. We are a multidisciplinary group of migrants, healthcare professionals, students, activists and allies. We believe health is a fundamental human right and a matter of social justice. We believe health requires not only access to services for maintaining physical and mental health, but requires full economic, social, environmental, and political rights for all people.

The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (formerly the Coalition for Change) is comprised of various advocacy and community groups, unions, workers and community members, aimed at improving working conditions and fighting for better protections for live-in caregivers, seasonal agricultural workers and other temporary foreign workers.