Journal of Law and Social Policy


Kristen Lloyd

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Voices and Perspectives

English Abstract

The End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN) was formed as a coalition of migrant detainees, their family members, and allies, who organized to bring an end to indefinite immigration detention in Canada. In October 2016, EIDN was granted third party public interest standing in a constitutional challenge to Canada’s immigration detention regime. This granted an unprecedented legitimacy to EIDN, and to the rights and lives of immigration detainees, and should in itself be considered a victory. That said, it was a moment that would not have arrived without the three years of intensive political organizing that came before it. This article attempts to situate the legal challenge within the broader context of the campaign to end indefinite detention, examine the ways it interacted with the goals of the network, and explore the implications of using litigation as a tool for social change.

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