A patient with a cancer survivor and gender based violence, Evelia Constrejon Santoyo, is detained and will be deportee this morning despite threatening medical condition that represents its


Montreal, December 10, 2013 – A Montreal at this time following chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer stage 3 is detained and is facing deportation to Mexico this morning, December 10th, the international day of human rights . A request to allow a stay of his deportation was rejected yesterday by the Federal Court.

Evelia Castrejon Santoyo, 47, is originally from Mexico and lives in Montreal for more than five years. She learned recently that the Agency Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to deport insist despite his health condition that puts his life in danger.

She had a chemotherapy treatment on Monday, December 2, and should receive further doses in the coming weeks. She was escorted from his home to the airport by the Agency of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) this morning and is now detained at the airport in Montreal Trudeau waiting for a flight to 10am. Mrs. Castrejon Santoyo denounced his deportation and request public support.

In the words of Mrs. Castrejon Santoyo:  “I am astounded by such a lack of humanity. Canada is a privileged country, but they treat me worse than would a third world country. The CBSA has subjected me to forms of violence has countless times, intimidating me and my doctors intimidating, interrupting my treatments and ultimately into me preventing access to health care that I desperately need to survive.

This violence is not isolated, but also perpetuated against countless others who come to Canada to escape the violent persecution. I keep a place in my heart for Begum Khurshid Awan, a Pakistani woman who took sanctuary in a church in Montreal and has enormously endure bullying and stress because of the CBSA.

I denounced the violence and racism that are real in the Canadian immigration system, and the inhumanity that this system continues to perpetuate.