In Ontario, immigration detainees, including adults, families and children, are held both in an immigration holding centre and in several provincial jails. Amongst the detainees are many who have pre-existing mental illness, including refugee claimants who have fled from persecution and experienced trauma prior to migration. Despite increasing evidence about the negative mental health impacts of immigration detention, we continue to see vulnerable people of all ages held in jails and jail-like facilities.
This presentation will provide context, review the current state of immigration detention, and discuss policy recommendations in order to bring about systemic change.
Presenter: Michaela Beder, MD FRCPC, Psychiatrist, Lecturer, University of Toronto
Download a copy of the presentation: P-HSJCC- Immigration Detention Webinar – April 10, 2018