Safe Third County Agreement (STCA) Unconstitutional

July 22, 2020 The Federal Court released an important decision today, ruling the Canada-U.S Safe Third Country Agreement as unconstitutional. This agreement allowed Canadian authorities to send refugee claimants back to the United States, and prohibited most foreign nationals from seeking refugee protection in Canada from the United States, with only a few exceptions. Here…


Federal Court overturns refugee decision for inappropriate application of Gender Guidelines

The Gender Guidelines were established by the Immigration and Refugee Board, in recognition  that women asylum claimants fearing gender-related persecution face specific  problems at refugee hearings. The Board introduced the Guidelines  as to how individual members should conduct claims to ensure that evidence is adduced and evaluated with sensitivity and to avoid re-traumatizing claimants. The…