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Press conference with Paola Ortiz: Women's rights groups join call for Canada to suspend deportation
When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 11 AM
Where: Citizenship and Immigration Canada offices, 1010 Rue St. Antoine West, Montreal
What: Press conference at Immigration Canada, calling on the government to respect women's rights
Who: Paola Ortiz, Federation des femmes du Québec, Mouvement contre le viol et l'inceste, Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale, Dignidad Migrante, Solidarity Across Borders
MONTREAL--At a press conference outside the immigration offices where Paola Ortiz is required to present herself to be issued a new deportation date, the Federation des Femmes du Quebec and other women's rights groups will add their voices to the public call to stop Ms. Ortiz's deportation to Mexico, a country she fled to escape sexual abuse and domestic violence at the hands of her then-fiance, a federal officer in the Mexican police.
Following a public declaration signed by over 25 organizations and more than 100 of Ms. Ortiz's neighbours and community members, immigration authorities temporarily postponed the deportation of the mom of two young Canadian children, originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, after medical personnel at Trudeau airport deemed her too unwell to travel.