Williams appeared on Ask a Lawyer to share Legal Aid Alberta's involvement in supporting individuals with immigration and refugee claims, and other ways Canadians can provide aid to those seeking refuge.
As the world continues to watch the devastating crisis in Ukraine, the Government of Canada has announced additional supports for those seeking refuge with the announcement of the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel. This temporary residence program expedites the process for Ukrainians and family members come to Canada. These programs are not only available to those fleeing Ukraine, but other refugees escaping violence, according to Legal Aid Alberta lawyer, Ruth Williams.
Williams appeared on Ask a Lawyer to share Legal Aid Alberta’s involvement in supporting those with immigration and refugee claims, and other ways Canadians can provide aid to those seeking refuge in Canada. Williams advises that it’s important to evaluate what your capacity and skill set is. “[Support] doesn’t require grand gestures,” says Williams. “You can start with something small and accessible, looking within your own personal circles to provide support or look to programs like private sponsorships.”
Previously on Ask a Lawyer:
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Ask A Lawyer: Duty Counsel Day and the impact of duty counsel lawyers