Welcome to Advocacy Services Directory by RED Legal, a list of community-based and not-for-profit advocates and organizers for Migrant Workers in British Columbia.
Justicia for Migrant Workers BC (J4MW)
J4MW strives to promote the rights of migrant farmworkers (participating in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and the Low Skilled Workers Program) and farmworkers without status. Promoting workers rights entails fighting for spaces where workers themselves can articulate their concerns without loosing their work or being repatriated. We start with workers’ knowledge and concerns and collectively devise strategies to make necessary changes. We see ourselves as allies and strive for a movement that is led and directed by workers themselves.
Free Legal Clinic for Immigrants and Migrant Workers and Immigrants
Law students supervised by practicing lawyers provide free legal services and representation to low-income migrants in the areas of immigration, refugee, and some employment and human rights issues.
A completely non-profit legal clinic. It takes referrals from other non-profit advocates and services. The aim is to provide legal services which are not covered by legal aid for people who can’t afford a lawyer.
~ Languages: Clinic usually has capacity in Spanish, Tagalog, and other languages depending on the law students.
Areas of law: IAD, refugee, H&C, PRRA, spousal, basic inadmissibility, medical issues, and worker issues, and we also conduct legal advocacy trainings and workshops (next ones will be in Sept).
Clinic opens in May each year and closes temporarily during students’s exams period.
West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association (WCDWA)
302-119 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5
Phone: 604.669.4482 (within the Lower Mainland)
Toll-free Line: 1-888-669-4482 (outside the Lower Mainland)
~Languages: English, Filipino.
~ Helping: Caregivers
West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association is a non-profit association that provides free legal assistance in the form of advocacy, support and counseling to migrant workers employed in caregiver occupations based in British Columbia. It operates a drop-in free legal clinic five days a week (Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm).
Free classes in first aid, financial literacy training, career planning and resume writing.
Members are offered ESL courses and computer training at no cost or at a highly discounted rate.
A community-based organization composed of Filipino caregivers, migrant workers, and immigrants. Migrante BC pledges to educate, organize and mobilize the broadest number of migrant workers and their families to continue always the fight for the rights and welfare of all temporary foreign workers.
MOSAIC Drop-In Centre for All Migrant Workers
Address: Community Room, 1st Floor, 1720 Grant St.
Vancouver, B.C. V5L 2Y7
Monday: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
~ Languages: English and others by previous request
~ Helping: All Temporary Foreign Workers
For more information, please contact:
Saleem Spindari, Community Outreach Co-ordinator
Phone: 604 254 9626 ext. 226
Online Legal Information (Publications) for Temporary Foreign Workers in BC http://www.mosaicbc.com/settlement-services/legalfinancial/impowered
MOSAIC is a settlement service agency. Its drop-in centre program lets all categories of temporary foreign workers meet once a week in a safe and friendly environment to exchange ideas, share information, learn about legal rights, responsibilities and employment laws and get answers to questions and learn work-related ESL terminology. Workshops on topics of interest to temporary foreign workers are also provided.
Penticton and Area Women’s Centre (PAWC)Address: Suite 209, 304 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5K4 Tel: 250.493.6822 Toll Free: 1.866.493.6822 Fax: 502.493.6827 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Web: www.pawc.ca Website resources for Migrant Workers in Penticton: http://www.pawc.ca/pawcMigrantWorkers.html
The Centre is open Monday to Thrusday, 11 AM to 2 PM (women’s drop-in).
In addition, advocacy service is available as follows
Women (by appointment): Mon- Thu 9 Am to 4:30PM
Men and Women (drop-in): Tue and Thu 2Pm to 4PM
Men (by appointment): Mon to Thu 9AM to 10AM
Issues handled: Poverty law advocacy, tenancy rights. Income security including: welfare, Employment Insurance, Canada Pensions Plan, disability, Income Assistance. Assistance with filling out forms, information and resources, speaking on behalf of and with clients about their rights, assist and represents clients at tribunals, arbitrations and hearings.
Migrant workers from all occupations are served at PAWC. Outreach services in Penticton and rural areas in Keremeos, Osoyoos, Oliver.
Languages: service available in English, German (Spanish only upon previous request).
Salvation Army Community and Family Services, Law Clinic (Penticton BC)Address: 2399 South Main Street, Penticton BC, V2A 5J1 Tel: 250.492.4788 Fax: 250.492.8813 Issues handled: civil law issues, that is all matters that do not fall under criminal or family law. Half hour free appointments with volunteer lawyers. Hours: 12noon to 2PM Wednesdays (By appointment only). Languages: English.
An all-volunteer organization provides free public legal education workshops by trained legal advocates and facilitators.
Other services include certified legal interpretation and translation in collaboration with community-based legal clinics for low-waged migrant workers. REDLegal runs a web portal on events, public legal education and information (PLEI) resources for migrant workers and their allies.
SWAN Vancouver Society
~ Languages: Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkian), Thai, Farsi, English, and others by previous request.
~ Helping: service for migrant and immigrant women who work at indoor sex worksites and for victims of trafficking
An all-volunteer organization offers outreach and support services for immigrant women employed at sex work places. SWAN produces and distributes ZWANZine, a quarterly newsletter with information about the legal rights of sex workers, safe sex information and resources.
PLEASE NOTE: Advocates and support services listed on the RED Legal directory for Migrant Workers in BC are referred by members of their own communities. RED Legal policy is that advocates listed by us do not run advocacy services as profit-making businesses, but we do not necessarily have direct information about each group listed.
If you have any concerns or complaints, please contact us.