The Unaccompanied Minors Project provides free assistance to unaccompanied minors who arrive at Ontario’s points of entry seeking refugee protection. These children are often fleeing war, persecution, and other difficult circumstances, and are in dire need of support as they try to navigate Canada’s immigration and refugee system.
Utilizing their legal experience, volunteer lawyers take on the role of designated representative for these unaccompanied minors in order to assist in protecting the interests of the child. As designated representatives, volunteers:
- Help minors retain counsel as required
- Help provide instruction to counsel
- Guide and advise the child on different stages of the refugee application process
- Assist in gathering evidence
This project is not based in a particular location. However, both unaccompanied minors and their scheduled admissibility/refugee protection hearings are typically in the Greater Toronto Area.
One matter per year.