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Navigating Immigration Law to Support Racialized Clients and Others
Racialized communities, and in particular, those with mental health issues, face significant barriers to immigration security. Immigration law is by nature punitive for those suffering from mental and physical health impairments. This webinar will provide training for social workers who are working with racialized clients to identify immigration issues and to provide information and resources to address immigration status issues. Ontario has Canada’s largest population of racialized people with precarious or no immigration status. There is no doubt that many social workers will continue to encounter these communities and this session aims to support them in addressing immigration concerns.

This Webinar is FREE for Ontario Registered Social Workers (RSW), Registered Social Service Workers (RSSW) and Students of Social Work and Social Service Work Programs. Please note: If you are not an RSW, RSSW or student of these programs in Ontario, you may still attend but will be charged a nominal fee of $20.

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

When ASL interpretation is required, please indicate the preference in the registration form. The incorporation of ASL interpreters will depend on availability.

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Jun 27, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Shalini Konanur
Executive Director & Lawyer @South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)
Shalini has worked for 20+ years in Ontario’s legal aid clinic system (in both rural and urban settings), working primarily with low-income racialized communities. Shalini’s work focusses on the intersections of socio-economic status, race, immigration status, gender identity, faith, and gender-based violence. Shalini has extensive experience supporting low-income clients in income maintenance, housing, immigration, employment, disability, human rights law, and family violence. Shalini provides both direct legal services to low-income clients, and has also conducted hundreds of public legal education sessions, participated in a number of community development projects, and has done significant work on law reform in the areas that impact her clients. This includes test cases up to the Supreme Court of Canada, appearances at the United Nations, and expert advisory services to many stakeholders like children’s aid societies, police services, and all levels of government.