MIGRANT JUSTICE Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19

Meet the Team

connie sorio, KAIROS staff

Connie Sorio

Manager, Migrant Justice Program


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Connie was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 1989. Connie joined the ecumenical movement in 1997 with one of the KAIROS’ predecessors, the Interchurch Action for Relief, Justice and Development.   Connie has held different positions and responsibilities at KAIROS since then.  Currently as the Migrant Justice Coordinator,  Connie is responsible for establishing new and nurturing existing relationships with like-minded church groups and civil society organizations mostly in Canada but also with migrant justice seeking groups globally. Major components of the program are providing support and accompaniment to temporary foreign workers and ensures that their voices and positions are brought to bear on critical issues during roundtable discussions and campaigns here in Canada when physical participation are not possible. She has helped organized delegations and participation of temporary foreign workers in government meetings and roundtable on policy issues relating to the rights and welfare of foreign migrant workers. In her spare time, Connie Sorio is a community activist, a seasoned organizer and a passionate human rights defender. 
David Ivany

David Ivany

Communications, Media, and Website Associate, Migrant Justice Program


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With 20+ years of experience in working for social change, David has witnessed the impact that empowered people working in collaboration can have. Through his work at the Lakehead University Student Union, with Thunder Pride, organizing the first Pride celebration in Thunder Bay, and working in collaboration with Definitely Superior Art Gallery, he has sought to inspire empowered communities and advocate for needed change. Since moving to Toronto in 2015, David has been involved in grassroots action and supporting eco-justice initiatives. David was with the migrant justice program from January to April and looks forward to continuing to amplify the voices of migrant workers.

Dorian Mendoza

Dorian Mendoza

Airport Services Team


Esel Panlaqui

Esel Panlaqui

Project Coordinator, Migrant Justice Program


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Esel Panlaqui has worked in settlement/newcomer services and community development over the last 12 years with a strong passion and commitment to amplifying the voices of marginalized populations including temporary foreign workers. She is a tireless advocate for vulnerable groups. Esel inspires and empowers many with whom she works to support themselves and foster community building and mutual aid. She looks forward to being part of the migrant justice program to work with migrant justice community partners, address the needs and advance the rights and dignity of these vulnerable workers, and recognize their vital contribution in sustaining the Canadian food chain and food security.

Jalyn Smith

Jalyn Smith

Airport Support Coordinator, Migrant Justice Program


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Jalyn completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto, specializing in the social justice and diversity field of study. During her social work degree, she had the opportunity to complete her practicum with KAIROS Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, specifically with the Migrant Justice Program. It is through this invaluable experience that she was able to expand her knowledge of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the barriers migrant workers face in Canada. She now joins the KAIROS team as an employee continuing the work started as a practicum student.

Jaqueline Merino-Ayala

Jaqueline Merino-Ayala

Airport Services Team


Jazer Montillano

Jazer Montillano

Airport Services Team


Michael Small

Michael Small

Airport Services Team


Mitos Caballes

Mitos Caballes

Project Finance/Administrator, Migrant Justice Program


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With over 20 years’ experience in the corporate world of Fortune 500 companies, Mitos continues to find opportunities to contribute to the community. Currently a member of the Federation of Filipino Canadians of Brampton as Community event planner and Communications Officer, as well as a member of the Filipino Canadian Automotive Workers Association. She has also volunteered at the Age-Friendly Brampton Citizen Advisory Committee (City of Brampton), participated as Finance Lead of the Inclusion & Diversity Council, as well as served as a Seniors’ Companion for 2 years at the Victorian Order of Nurses. Being a KAIROS team member for the Migrant Justice Program brings what is close to her heart to the forefront: A passion for justice, the welfare of others, and closing the gaps in systemic shortcomings.