Calgary lawyer, Yoav Niv, has been asked to form a legal team to assist four women stuck in a Syrian prison camp and unable to join their Canadian children who are immigrating to Canada. The women, who have ten Canadian children, have been told by Global Affairs Canada that they have to choose between sending their children to Canada without them or staying in the camp.
Temporary Residence Permits
The hope is that the mothers can obtain temporary residence permits either through the federal government or by court order. Niv intends to find counsel for fighting the case in federal court if necessary. The government could extend the temporary residence permits without the women having to apply for them.
If the women are forced to stay in Syria with their children, their circumstances could be dire. If ISIS were to retake the area, they could be forced to join the group or face death, and their children could be taken away.
For more information on this story, read the full article here. The plight of these women highlights the importance of advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves.