After nearly one year in sanctuary, the Awan family is no longer living behind church walls. On August 5, 2014, Khurshid Begum Awan presented herself to Citizenship and Immigration Canada in order to obtain her Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) application, recourse that could potentially allow her to regularize her status. Arrested and detained overnight at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre, she was released the next day on a cash bond, a curfew, and certain conditions.
In the coming weeks, Mrs Awan will be submitting a PRRA application, while also awaiting a decision on her request for permanent residency on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. Mrs. Awan is also benefitting from this brief reprieve, and from the temporary renewal of her IFHP coverage, to seek much-needed health services. The Awan family may no longer be living in sanctuary, but their struggle is far from over. The following months will be pivotal in their efforts to regularize Mrs. Awan’s status and remain together in Montreal.
Below are some ways to continue to support their struggle for justice and dignity:
Please write your cheque out to “Solidarité sans frontiéres”, specifying “Awan Family support” in the memo line. You can send your cheque by mail, or drop it off in person, at the following address.
Montréal, QC H3G 1N1
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