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Finally! The Lakatos family’s permanent residence application has been accepted

Finally! The Lakatos family’s permanent residence application has been accepted

Katalin Lakatos and her daughter Gilda, two Roma woman from Hungary who waged a five year battle to get papers in Canada, surviving three deportation orders, have finally been accepted. After months of waiting in precarity and anxiety, they finally received an official acceptance of their application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds last week. Thanks to community support  and their own impressive courage, they will now be able to build their lives in Canada and be reunited with their brother and father who were deported in March.They still face lengthy and very costly administrative processes before the nightmare...

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Call for Action: Lakatos Family

Call for Action: Lakatos Family

facebook event #noneistoomany #lakatos UPDATE (5 August 2016): Katalin and Gilda have once again received a last minute reprieve, escaping deportation for a third time. On Thursday last week, the family was told by CBSA that they would need to leave Canada on 11 August. Yesterday (August 4th), they were told once again that they could stay – but only on a temporary basis. They are still awaiting a response on their application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds, filed in September 2015. —— Gilda and Katalin Lakatos, two Hungarian Roma women who have been fighting their deportation since...

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Open Letter from Gilda Lakatos

Open Letter from Gilda Lakatos

Also published on rabble. August 2nd is the day to remember the genocide of Roma people in Europe during the Second World War, so that such atrocities would never happen again. But the xenophobic extreme right is again on the rise in Europe. Katalin Lakatos and her daughter Gilda, two Roma women from Hungary who have been fighting their deportation from Canada since their refugee claim was refused over a year ago, have been ordered deported on 11 August. Here is a letter that 17-year old Gilda wrote about her long, long struggle to remain in Canada, about why...

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Rock ‘n Roma III

Rock ‘n Roma III

A Concert in support of the Lakatos Family’s Fight against Deportation Monday, June 20th doors at 7pm Patro Vys, 356 Mont-Royal East Suggested entry: between $10 and $20 (no one will be refused!) Join us to support the Lakatos family and learn more about the struggle of Roma in Europe and Canada, all the while enjoying the captivating music of Te Merav (with Kristin Molnar, Jean-Denis Levasseur and Laszlo Levasseur-Molnar), Sergiu Popa and Brigitte Dajczer (Briga). Proceeds will go towards supporting the struggle of the Lakatos family and other Roma families fighting against deportations. Musicians TE MERAV. Born in...

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Lakatos Family Still Here: Your Solidarity Still Needed

Lakatos Family Still Here: Your Solidarity Still Needed

Gilda Lakatos, 17-years old, and her mother, Katalin, are still in Canada. They applied to renew the Temporary Residence Permit they were granted in May and they can legally remain in Canada until they receive a response on this renewal application. They are still waiting for a response on their humanitarian-grounds application for permanent status, filed ten months ago … ** Full release here. ** An updated call for solidarity will come in the next few days, but in the meantime, please keep up the calls / letters to the Minister of Immigration and donations are still appreciated. Details...

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Public Pressure Wins Two Month Reprieve for Lakatos Family

Public Pressure Wins Two Month Reprieve for Lakatos Family

It isn’t over yet: please continue the pressure The government has agreed to postpone the deportation of 17-year old Gilda Lakatos and her mother Katalin (Robertne) Lakatos for another two months. After Gilda and Katalin courageously spoke out publicly about their story (see details & media coverage below), countless community members and organizations responded, demanding that the Ministers of Public Safety and Immigration stop their deportation. However, it is not yet certain that the family will be accepted; and it isn’t sure that they will even get a response on their application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds before...

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Call for Solidarity: Only one day remaining for the Lakatos family

Call for Solidarity: Only one day remaining for the Lakatos family

facebook event #noneistoomany #lakatos The temporary stay of deportation 17-year old Gilda Lakatos and her mother Katalin won in May expires on Saturday and the Hungarian Roma family has not yet heard back on their application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds. We need your support 1) Call in to support the Lakatos family –> Please call and/or email the Minister of Immigration of Canada, John McCallum and ask him to accept the Lakatos family’s application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds, and to do so before their Temporary Residence Permit expires on Saturday. You can cite their file...

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CALL FOR SOLIDARITY: ROMA FAMILY FACING DEPORTATION

CALL FOR SOLIDARITY: ROMA FAMILY FACING DEPORTATION

Gilda and Robertne (Katalin) Lakatos are facing deportation on Thursday, May 12th (see background below). Please support them in the following ways: 1. Come to show your support at a press conference on Tuesday, May 10th at 10:30am at 1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204 2. On Tuesday during the day, please call: * Minister of Immigration of Canada, John McCallum (613-954-1064), and ask him to accept the humanitarian application of the Lakatos family. * Minister of Immigraton of Quebec, Kathleen Weil (514-873-9940), and ask her to intervene to stop their deportation. * Minister of Public Security of Canada, Ralph...

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(27 August) Rock ‘n Roma against Deportations II

(27 August) Rock ‘n Roma against Deportations II

A Benefit Concert www.facebook.com/events/419799228209478/ Thursday, 27 August 2015 Doors open @ 7pm Café l’Artère, 7000 Av du Parc (métro Parc) Sliding scale: $10 to 20$ (no one turned away) Come out to have a great time, dance, and support several Roma families in Montreal who are currently fighting deportation from Canada. featuring: BORIS BARTULA (Accordion/voice). Born in Sarajevo, Boris started playing accordion at the age of 6. He graduated from the Sarajevo Academy of Classic Music (1987) where he encountered many styles of music: classical, traditional, gypsy, oriental, jazz, etc. Developing his improv skills lead him to spectacular leaps...

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Chronology – Lakatos Family’s Story of Survival

20 October 2004 – Suicide of Katalin’s oldest son following racist incident with police 2005 – Katalin launches complaint against Hungarian police for driving her son to suicide; intense police harassment begins. February 2011 – Near death of second son (Gilda’s older brother) following racially-motivated medical neglect. 14 June 2011 – Family arrives in Canada, applies for asylum. April 2015 – Refugee demand refused. 22 September 2015 – Application on humanitarian grounds filed. 30 October 2015 – Family ordered deported. They remain in Canada. 3 March 2016 – Arrest of father and son, now undocumented, in routine police check...

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Model Letter to Support Gilda and Katalin

Model Letter to Support Gilda and Katalin

Week of 1st August 2016 to: cc: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com RE: Stop the deportation and regularize the status of Gilda and Robertne Lakatos Dear , is a . I am writing to ask you to to write to Minister McCallum and ask him to urgently intervene in the case of Gilda and Robertne Lakatos, who are ordered deported on 11 August. Minister McCallum recognized that they were in “exceptional circumstances” and granted them a rare Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) until on...

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Media Coverage – Lakatos

Journal Métro, Nouveau sursis pour une famille rom menacée de déportation, 5 août 2016 Sara R. Champagne, Le Devoir, Nouveau sursis pour les Lakatos, toujours dans l’inconnu, 6 août 2016 CTV News, Deportation order for Roma mother, daughter cancelled, 5 August 2016 Le Devoir, À la défense des Roms : que Trudeau corrige l’erreur de Harper, 2 août 2016 NewEurope, Roma mom, daughter from Hungary fight to stay in Canada, 1 August 2016 Le Devoir, Les Lakatos seront expulsées le 11 août, 28 juillet 2016 Journal Métro, Une Adolescente rom et sa mère déportées dans deux semaines, 28 juillet...

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