As rules and regulations pertaining to border crossings into the United States have shifted since January 2017, you may be considering what legal remedies are available to you in the event of a crossing that did not go as planned. Our research team, with the assistance of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), has compiled the below list of legal resources.
The Canadian Cross Border Legal Coalition (CCBLC)
The CCBLC is working to locate individuals who have been affected by the immigration-related Executive Orders (travel bans) signed by President Trump. The CCBLC can help you determine whether you need legal assistance for your case if you have been denied entry to the US because of the travel bans, and can help you find a lawyer.
If you need help, send an email to email@example.com indicating your first name, your current location and your phone number, and a legal professional will contact you as soon as possible. If you have been denied entry at the border, they will also ask to record the details of your experience as part of their work to Fight the Ban in Court. You do not have to agree, and they will provide you with their services regardless.
Please also be sure to consult up-to-date information about travelling to the United States, found on CCBLC’s Know Your Rights page: www.ccblc.org/know-your-rights/
The Law Society of Upper Canada
If you are a Canadian resident and would like to consult with a lawyer after an experience at the border, this service allows you to request a free, 30-minute consultation with either a lawyer or paralegal. Please note that only the initial consultation is free.
The Law Society Referral Service is available at: findlegalhelp.ca or 416-947-3300.
Human Rights Legal Support Centre
The Centre provides legal advice and assistance to individuals across Ontario who would like to resolve a dispute involving rights protected by the Human Rights Code, file an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, take an application to mediation or to a hearing before the Tribunal, and enforce an Order of the Tribunal if the Tribunal finds that you have experienced discrimination.
The Centre is located at 180 Dundas Street West, 8th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 0A1 and can be reached by phone at 416-597-4900 Monday-Wednesday and on Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Centre can also be reached on Thursday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Legal Aid Ontario
Legal Aid Ontario provides free legal help for low-income individuals in criminal law, family law, and refugee law. They can be reached at 416-979-1446 or toll free at 1-800-668-8258. Please see their website for more information: www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/default.asp
An index of Community Legal Clinics is available via the following site: www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/ontario