When a crisis arose in airports across the world in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban in June of 2017, hundreds of lawyers from across Canada mobilized to help those in need.
The Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition were honoured this week for their work providing legal aid to people affected by the ban. They received the Ontario Bar Association’s President’s Award, which commends an organization that has contributed to the advancement of justice in Ontario or elsewhere. They were recognized by the association’s president, Quinn Ross, for their efforts to provide legal knowledge and document the experiences of those people stranded in airports and foreign countries during the ban.
“The CCBLC just jumped in and just did the best that lawyers do,” says Ross. “They went where the need was and they ensured to the extent possible that people who were being marginalized by the unjust and ill conceived executive orders were provided the best possible help.”