Migrant Justice

America is a mass grave

June 25, 2019

An ensemble of living and non-living beings is calling an alarm: América es una fosa común. America is a mass grave. According to the Government of Mexico, at least 200,000 people have been murdered and 40,000 people have been disappeared since 2006…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice, Migrant Justice

KAIROS celebrates new Caregiver Pilot Programs and extension of the Interim Pathway

June 19, 2019

KAIROS Canada applauds the Government of Canada for delivering on its promise of improving the lives and working conditions of migrant caregivers. At a press conference on June 15, the Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada unrolled two new…

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KAIROS’ migrant justice workshop at the 2019 Cahoots Festival

June 14, 2019

An excerpt from “Justice and solidarity at the Cahoots Festival: Annual gathering equips Christians to live out Social Gospel” published in the Anglican Journal.  The second full day of Cahoots began once more with morning worship. A period of prayerful contemplation encouraged participants to look back on the…

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Chat with Activists: Hannah Gehrels on shaping change for the better

April 1, 2019

Originally from Thunder Bay, Hannah Gehrels makes Charlottetown her home. Hannah has a Masters in Biology from the University of Prince Edward Island, and currently runs an outdoor program for kids called Wild Child Forest School Program through the Sierra…

Post filed in: Gathering, Migrant Justice

Political Blind Date: the Promise of Multiculturalism

March 18, 2019

Connie Sorio, Migrant Justice Coordinator at KAIROS, served as an expert on migrant justice in a recent appearance on TVO’s Political Blind Date with MPs Jenny Kwan and Gary Anandasangaree. KAIROS has worked closely with migrant workers on issues such as family reunification, permanent…

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Bathurst United United on helping foreign migrant workers

March 13, 2019

For Reg McQuaid and his fellow congregants at Bathurst United Church, Toronto, support for foreign migrant workers is personal. Migrant workers at fastfood outlets serve him coffee, and he buys produce grown by migrant workers at the food co-op where…

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Spirited Reflection: Transfiguration Sunday—From the Mountain to the Streets

March 1, 2019

From Luke 9:28-36 When Jesus took Peter, John and James up onto the mountain to pray, Jesus’ face and clothes became dazzling and bright. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared with Jesus, also in glorious splendor. When these Disciples witnessed…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Spirited Reflections

Canada’s announced pathway to permanent residency is good news for migrant caregivers

February 28, 2019

KAIROS is greatly encouraged by the recent announcement that in November the Government of Canada will replace its problematic Caregiver Pilot Program with two 5-year pilot programs that will provide migrant caregivers with a pathway to permanent residence and the…

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Spirited Reflection: Finding safety and justice for migrant workers

February 20, 2019

Epiphany continues February 24 with KAIROS reflections in Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. Heide and Richard’s Story Two workers at a McDonald’s in Fernie, B.C. ‒ Heide and her boyfriend, Richard ‒ alleged that the owner,…

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Spirited Reflection: Acting for our neighbours

January 31, 2019

Epiphany continues January 27 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the KAIROS Epiphany Resource. Scripture Commentary – Jeremiah 1:4-10 Prophets have a difficult job. They must speak the words that God gives them to speak, even though…

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Spirited Reflection: It comes down to Status

January 24, 2019

Epiphany continues January 27 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the KAIROS Epiphany Resource. TERESA’S STORY: Teresa (not her real name) is a single mom from Baja California, Mexico. Since 2012, she has been supporting her parents…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: Employers as Allies with their Workers

January 18, 2019

Epiphany continues January 20 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. RYAN’S STORY: Ryan was desperate when he lost his job as a restaurant cleaner amid Alberta’s economic recession and faced possible removal to…

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Spirited Reflection: Seeking justice and building a community

January 8, 2019

Epiphany continues January 13 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. ARLENE’S STORY: After Arlene came to Canada, she realized she was under a pilot program and couldn’t possibly meet the post-secondary education and…

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Spirited Reflection: Why Migration?

January 2, 2019

January 6 is the beginning of Epiphany and KAIROS reflections are focusing on the issues surrounding migration and migrant workers, based on the Epiphany Resource  Light of a Star (digital) (print). Gabriel’s Story Gabriel lost his job because of a combination of…

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KAIROS joins church leaders in condemning violence against migrant caravans

December 11, 2018

On the week of International Human Rights Day and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, KAIROS, along with representatives of churches and communities of faith, have signed a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau asking the Government…

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Migrant Worker Story: Meet Teresa

December 6, 2018

After Teresa filed a report against her farm employer for sexual assault, he asked her how much money it would take for her to retract her statement. In the spring of 2014, Teresa (not her real name) was attacked by…

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Migrant Worker Story: Meet Ryan

November 22, 2018

Ryan Aporbo was desperate when he lost his job as a restaurant cleaner amid Alberta’s economic recession and faced possible removal to his native Philippines. Then the temporary foreign worker said he found an ad from Toronto-based A&L Hammer Workforce…

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Migrant Worker Story: Meet Maria

November 8, 2018

When Maria came to Canada she was envisioning a bright future in her dream country. She came under the Caregiver Program hoping that after two years of working as a live-in caregiver she would be able to apply for permanent…

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Migrant Worker Story: Meet Luzviminda

October 25, 2018

My name is Luzviminda Alicbusan. I’m a caregiver. I came to Canada from the Philippines in 2008. After completing the 24-month live-in requirement, I submitted my permanent resident application in 2011. In 2014, I received the Procedural Fairness Letter. In…

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Just and inclusive tables: KAIROS Thanksgiving video message

October 4, 2018

As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to share with you a short video message about our common work of setting a just and inclusive table. I invite you to take a moment to watch it and share it with your…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Migrant Justice, Spirited Reflections, Video Playlists & Photo Albums

Help foreign migrant workers stay in Canada. 1000 letters to be sent by November 2.

September 28, 2018

This October, join thousands of Canadians and migrant workers in calling on the Canadian government to take action! Only 2 minutes of your time to send a letter to your MP Canada’s Caregiver Pilot Program ends in November 2019. This…

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New Video: Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Canada

June 21, 2018

Indigenous and newcomer communities came together in five Canadian cities for delicious feasts, cultural exchanges, and dialogue from October 2017 to March 2018. As part of KAIROS’ Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Canada project, refugees, immigrants…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Migrant Justice, Video Playlists & Photo Albums

Shaping Canada’s New Caregiver Program Post November 2019

May 1, 2018

Canada’s plan to end its Caregiver Program in November 2019 presents a golden opportunity to advocate for improved working conditions and a guaranteed pathway to permanent residency for all migrant workers. In April 2018, KAIROS formally submitted Shaping Canada’s New…

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KAIROS delegates call for a guaranteed pathway to permanent residency for migrant caregivers

April 5, 2018

KAIROS organized a delegation of migrant caregivers and advocates in Ottawa on March 23 to meet with Members of Parliament, including Jenny Kwan, MP and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and to participate in a consultation…

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Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships – for a just and inclusive community

February 28, 2018

KAIROS and its partners invite Indigenous peoples and newcomers  in Canada to join in a series of reconciliation events running until March 2018 entitled, Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community. KAIROS believes Canada’s future can be…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Migrant Justice

Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships: Saskatoon stories of reconciliation

February 23, 2018

On February 1 and 2, KAIROS’ Alfredo Barahona travelled to Saskatoon to attend the second Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community event. The first was in Fredericton in October 2017, with more to come in Thunder…

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