PRESS RELEASE: Cancer patient and survivor of gender-based violence, Evelia Castrejon Santoyo, is being detained and deported this morning despite life threatening medical situation

MONTREAL, December 10th, 2013A Montreal woman who is currently undertaking chemotherapy for stage 3 ovarian cancer is being detained and is facing deportation to Mexico this morning, December 10, on International Human Rights Day. A request to allow for a stay of deportation was rejected yesterday by the Federal Court.

Evelia Castrejon Santoyo, 47, a migrant from Mexico who has lived in Montreal for more than five years, recently learned that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would insist on deporting her, despite her life-threatening medical situation. She had chemotherapy this past Monday, December 2nd, and needs to receive more doses in the coming weeks.

She was escorted from her home to the airport by three Canada Border Services Agents this morning and is currently being held in detention at the Montreal Trudeau Airport awaiting a flight at 10am.  Mrs. Castrejon Santoyo is denouncing her deportation and asking for public support.

In Mrs. Castrejon Santoyo’s words: “I am astonished by such lack of humanity. Canada is a privileged country, but they treat me worse than a Third World country. CBSA has put me through countless forms of violence, intimidating me and my doctors, interrupting my cancer treatments, and denying me the medical attention I desperately need in order to survive.

This violence is not isolated, but also enacted on countless others who come to Canada fleeing violent persecution. My heart goes out to Khurshid Begum Awan, a Pakistani woman who has taken sanctuary in a Montreal church and who has endured huge amounts of intimidation and stress at the hands of the CBSA.

I denounce the very real violence and racism of Canada’s immigration system, and the inhumanity that this system continues to perpetuate.”



Contact: Romina Hernandez 514 560 0673

December 6th Press Release: /en/a-montrealer-undergoing-chemotherapy-treatments-fights-her-deportation-scheduled-for-december-10th

How to Support/Urgent Action: /en/urgent-action-a-montrealer-undergoing-chemotherapy-treatments-fights-her-deportation-scheduled-for-tomorrow-december-10th



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Le Devoir: Une femme en chimiothérapie est menacée d’expulsion

CBC: Une montréalaise atteinte de cancer fait face à la déportation

Journal Metro: Une deuxième femme atteinte du cancer fait face à la déportation

Atlas Mtl: Une Montréalaise en traitement de chimiothérapie dénonce sa déportation prevue le 10 décembre prochain

CJAD News: Mexican woman with cancer fighting upcoming deportation

CKUT: Women resist gender violence

Rouge fm: Une femme atteinte d’un cancer déportée vers le Mexique

NJR Montréal: Une femme atteinte d’un cancer déportée vers le Mexique

Bell Média:

Noticias Montreal: Mexicana que padece cancer tiene fecha de deportación para este 10 de diciembre

El Diario Nacional: Ordenan deportar a mexicana con cáncer; huyó por violencia

Proceso Mexico: Enferma de cáncer que huyó de la violencia en México, enfrenta deportación en Canadá