The Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association (CILA) is an innovative and transformative association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice and fairness in citizenship and immigration law and to advocate for improvements to immigration-related policies and departmental operations through public dialogue, submissions, coalition-building, court interventions and test litigation. The Association will liaise with government departments and agencies, all levels of the judiciary, the Immigration and Refugee Board and immigration lawyer groups across Canada and abroad.
CILA will establish a charity division to solicit donations and fund researched litigation on important matters to immigration lawyers and stakeholders.
CILA will forcefully advocate for the protection and promotion of competent, ethical, and lawful representation as well as for marginalized newcomers who are often vulnerable and racialized.
Inclusion, accommodation, and diversity will guide CILA and the support of a new generation of immigration lawyers will be a key objective. To this end, CILA will heavily leverage technology to catalogue, research, organize and mobilize immigration materials and resources for immigration lawyers.
CILA strongly encourages support for and participation in pro bono work and facilitates opportunities for members in this regard.
CILA will provide timely comment and action on breaking citizenship and immigration issues as well as form exigent coalitions with other immigration, human rights, and refugee lawyer groups in Canada and abroad.
CILA will also supplement the broader voice of the Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Section on specific issues.
CILA will consist of a member driven multi-grouped organizational structure that will forego traditional lock-step positions that vote and create their own structure. The goal will be to fill gaps in deliverables on Canadian citizenship and immigration law, policy, and research.
CILA will have the independence to raise and direct funds as needed for specific initiatives to the advantage of immigration lawyers and stakeholders which will ultimately benefit the people we serve, future Canadians.
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