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Join the Team at the Schlifer Clinic, We’re Hiring!

We are currently seeking full-time Intake Triage Workers to fill two permanent positions.

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic (the “Clinic”) offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced violence. Our diverse, skilled and compassionate staff accompany women through personal and practical transformation, helping them to build lives free from violence.

We are a centre by, for and about women. We amplify women’s voices, and cultivate their skills and resilience. Together with our donors and volunteers, we are active in changing the conditions that threaten women’s safety, dignity and equality.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Triage is a process which ensures immediate and effective communication with individuals contacting BSCC for assistance. It involves the process of collecting pertinent client information and initiating a decision-making process that categorizes and prioritizes the needs of clients seeking support. As an Intake Triage Worker you will use critical thinking to arrive at rapid decisions that best meet the needs of clients. The Intake Triage Worker is often the first professional to encounter a client, at any point of entry to the Clinic. You will provide the foundation for a standardized approach to the triage of the client, including the assessment of risk and the care of the client. Reporting to the Directors of Legal and Counseling Services, the Intake Triage Worker will:

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Run/Walk To Help End Violence Against Women and Support The Barbra Schlifer Clinic!

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The Barbra Schlifer Clinic is proud to announce that our Clinic has been chosen as the 2015 Toronto Corporate Run and Walk Charity Partner!

Online registration is now open.

We encourage you to register to run or walk to raise awareness about violence against women and support the Clinic! Register with our special discount codes: BSCC2015-IND to receive $10.00 off individual registration or BSCC2015-GRP to receive $50.00 off a team registration for 4 people.

 

Register To Run/Walk To Help End Violence Against Women Today!

 

Date:
September 16, 2015

Late Registration:
If we are not sold out, you can still register on site at 4p.m at West Island.

Start Times:
7:00 P.M Walkers
7:10 P.M Runners

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Globe and Mail Article: Schlifer Clinic ED Amanda Dale Explains The Long-Term Effects Of Sexual Assault

Globe and Mail Article: Rape’s long shadow: Dealing with the personal costs of sexual assault

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“For victims of sexual violence, trauma can live in the body as a chronic condition. “When you’ve had your trust violated, at a physiological level your body doesn’t know when it’s safe any more,” Dale says. “You can wind up navigating your entire life from a position of high alert. That translates into a form of constant vigilance that intrudes into your sleep time and your sexuality so that you cannot rest or enjoy your body.””

And if there was any question of the staggering fiscal costs of sexual violence on both survivors and society as a whole, the article goes on to dispel any misconceptions:

“The costs of sexual violence

The trauma of sexual violence can impact victims for a lifetime, affecting their health, education and employment. With 460,000 people reporting a sexual assault in one year alone in Canada, the annual costs are staggering: $1.9-billion when you factor in the physical, emotional and financial toll on victims and the costs for health and social services, police, courts and employers.

Counselling and legal advice can help survivors regain control but experts are agitating for more investment in violence prevention programs for youth that model healthy relationships from the get-go – all to temper the devastating personal costs for survivors and the collective costs for society.

The cost to survivors:

$75.9-million: mental-health services

$2.6-million: health-care costs

$23.9-million: productivity losses

The cost to society:

$161.3-million: police

$21.3-million: courts

$172.4-million: social services

$1.3-million: employers

Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Canadian Women’s Foundation; Statistics Canada”

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Federal Court Ruling Calls The “Safe Country” List Discriminatory – CARL and The Schlifer Clinic Win Their Challenge On The DCO Provision

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic gave evidence in a Federal Court challenge to the Designated Countries of Origin (DCO) provisions of the immigration and refugee act. The challenge, which was brought by three affected refugee claimants and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), argued that the changes are discriminatory and fails to consider that some groups with intersecting vulnerabilities face harm in many countries, even those that are otherwise thought of as “safe”, including women who experience violence, gay, lesbian and trans people, and others.

We are ecstatic to share that on July 23, 2015, the Federal Court struck down the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) bar for Designated Countries of Origin (DCO) claimants on the basis that is discriminates on the ground of national origin. The Court declined to suspend its judgment so effective immediately DCOs are entitled to RAD.

Read The Federal Court’s Ruling

Check Out These Related News Articles 

1. Toronto Star – Court rules denial of appeals for ‘safe country’ refugees unconstitutional

By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Thu Jul 23 2015

In a major blow to the Harper government, the Federal Court has ruled that denying appeals to refugees from countries on Canada’s so-called “safe countries” list is unconstitutional.

In a ruling Thursday, the court said Ottawa’s designation by country of origin or DCO discriminates against asylum seekers who come from countries on this list by denying them access to appeals.

“The distinction drawn between the procedural advantage now accorded to non-DCO refugee claimants and the disadvantage suffered by DCO refugee claimants . . . is discriminatory on its face,” wrote Justice Keith M. Boswell in a 118-page decision.

“It also serves to further marginalize, prejudice, and stereotype refugee claimants from DCO countries which are generally considered safe and ‘non-refugee producing.’

“Moreover, it perpetuates a stereotype that refugee claimants from DCO countries are somehow queue-jumpers or ‘bogus’ claimants who only come here to take advantage of Canada’s refugee system and its generosity.””

2. Toronto Star – UN alarmed by Canada’s immigration detention 

By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Thu Jul 23 2015

 

The UN report also criticized the denial of appeals to rejected refugees from Ottawa’s so-called safe countries which could expose them to persecution and danger if deported to their home countries. It asked Canada to review this policy.”

You can also check out End Immigration Detention Network for info and resources on ending immigration detention. Their campaign is demanding an inquest into the death of Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan (Abdi), a 39 year old Somali refugee died in immigration detention custody at Peterborough Regional Hospital. He is the 12th person to have died in immigration detention custody since 2000.

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