OTTAWA, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Sometimes families are separated when
they need each other most. The Canadian Red Cross is today launching a
phone line for people living in Canada to reconnect with immediate
family members that arrived from Sri Lanka on the MV Sun Sea.
The Canadian Red Cross Restoring
Family Links program helps people in Canada to re-establish contact
with immediate family members after separation due to migration, armed
conflict, natural disaster and other humanitarian crises. The Canadian
Red Cross is extending this service to facilitate initial communication
between the detained Sri Lankan migrants and their relatives in Canada
Tracing immediate family members in Canada or overseas at the request
of the migrants from the MV Sun Sea
Responding to inquiries from people in Canada that believe their
immediate family member was on board the MV Sun Sea
Facilitating initial communication in Canada or overseas through a Red
Cross Message. These messages often consist of only a few words,
but can ease the minds of worried loved ones in Canada or half a world
away. Each year Canadian Red Cross sends and receives between 500 and
600 Red Cross Messages.
The Canadian Red Cross Family Links line is: 1-888-893-1300.
Through an agreement with the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian
Red Cross has been visiting immigration detention centres on a
regular basis since 1999. Conditions are monitored against both domestic
and international standards. During visits to detention facilities, the
Canadian Red Cross monitors:
Conditions of detention
Treatment by staff or other detainees
Contact with family members
Visits to detention centres are conducted by trained and dedicated
volunteers and staff who work in teams.
The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and
Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the
Red Cross and over 185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing
the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
SOURCE Canadian Red Cross
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Journalists, for more information call the Canadian Red Cross media line: +1 613-740-1994