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Migrant Agricultural Workers’ Human Rights and Health Conference

Date and time

2012.05.17 to 2012.05.18, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


The Industrial Accident Victim’s group of Ontario (IAVGO), Asian Community AIDS Services ( ACAS ) and Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) invite you to participate in the Migrant Agricultural Workers’ Human Rights and Health Conference taking place May 17th and 18th in Toronto .

Participants will have an opportunity examine various areas of law as well as healthcare issues relevant to migrant workers. The conference aims to provide a platform to exchange ideas and updates on law reform work as well as formulate strategies that will increase the capacity of workers to improve their rights and protections.

While the targeted audience is community health clinics, community legal clinics, members of the private bar, organizers and activists, the conference is open to anyone who is interested in developing and implementing strategies to improve the working and living conditions of migrant workers in Ontario.

If migrant workers from your community are interested in attending this event please let us know in advance so that we can estimate numbers for our translators.


Adrian A. Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University and has acted as co-counsel for Justice for Migrant Workers and the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario in their intervention in Fraser before the Supreme Court of Canada. He holds a doctorate in law from McGill University. His dissertation is entitled: “Enduring Unfreedom: Law and the State in the Regulation of Trinidadian Sugar Workers”. He has won numerous research awards relating to international labour migration and precarious work. He is currently working on a book on law, development and temporary labour migration.

Please register by May 9th, 2012 by faxing the Registration Form to IAVGO at 416-924-2472 or e-mailing it to dinuccim@lao.on.ca

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary DiNucci at 416-924-6477.




300 Jarvis St






  • agenda (http://justicia4migrantworkers.org/conference/Conference%20Agenda.pdf)

  • registration form (http://justicia4migrantworkers.org/conference/Registration%20Form.pdf)

Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis and Support initiatives

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Policymakers, Journalists, Public awareness, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, and Newcomers integration programs

Geographical focuses