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Swathi Sekhar Law Office

 

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Leaving one’s home and resettling in a new country is a difficult decision. Growing up in a family of immigrants, I have first-hand knowledge of the unique challenges that come with this experience, which has influenced my approach to practicing law. My work with hundreds of immigrants and refugees from diverse backgrounds has revealed that the current system often creates unjust barriers for newcomers to Canada. I believe in supporting movements for migrant justice and dignity within our communities and beyond our borders.

As an immigration and refugee lawyer based in Toronto, Canada (Tkaronto, Turtle Island), I have worked with immigrants and refugees for over a decade in various community and legal settings, both in Canada and abroad. During my law studies, I designed and implemented a prisoner justice project in Malawi, and while studying at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, I worked at the UCT Refugee Rights Project legal clinic, dealing with migration and migrants in the South African context. In Toronto, I facilitated interactive, theater-based workshops for newcomer youth in Ontario at the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN).

Within my practice, I am actively involved in several constitutional challenges to the current immigration detention system in Canada. These challenges include advocating for the right to habeas corpus for immigration detainees and the need for a maximum time limit for which people can be detained in Canada. As counsel for the End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN), which advocates for the human rights and demands of migrants detained in Canada, I have appeared before all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board, as well as the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

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