Immigration, Women and Violence: Making a Claim on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

March 28, 2019 (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Recorded on March 28, 2019 1:00 p.m. E.S.T. - Women who don’t have legal immigration status in Canada may have a close relationship with a child in Canada; and/or they are affected by violence, either in Canada or in their country of origin.  These situations make an application for permanent residence based on Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds an option.  This webinar will discuss the basic elements of an H&C application, from the perspective of a woman applicant.  This is a new webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, presented by Tamar Witelson, METRAC’s Legal Director, and Roxana Parsa, METRAC’s Program Lawyer.

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About the presenters

Roxana Parsa is the Program Lawyer at METRAC’s Community Justice Program. She previously worked as a refugee and immigration lawyer in private practice, and as a student lawyer at a community legal clinic.  Roxana has represented clients in a variety of immigration claims, including women affected by violence.  Roxana’s background also includes Aboriginal and human rights litigation at the Ministry of the Attorney General.  

Tamar Witelson is the Legal Director of METRAC’s Community Justice Program, which provides legal education and information related to women’s rights, equality and access to justice, in areas of family, immigration, criminal, employment and human rights law, with a focus on the diverse ways in which women may experience abuse and violence. Tamar’s  background includes practice in labour, human rights, and Constitutional law, and a career in television journalism before becoming a lawyer.
This webinar will be facilitated by Fiona MacCool, Digital Projects Manager at CLEO. Visit Steps to Justice at for reliable, practical, and easy to understand legal information on Family Law, Partner Abuse, Criminal Law and other legal topics.
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