Emily Ritz, Kitchener ON
Dear Jozsef, Timea, and Lulu,
Though I have never met you, I am inspired by your resilience, strength, and faith. Friends of mine speak of your kindness and generosity – I hope that one day I myself will be able to meet you in freedom!
As I look outside, I see the sun getting stronger and feel the air getting warmer. I hope that these signs of the changing seasons might also be signs that change is coming for your family. I am sorry that our country – a country that you thought to be welcoming and compassionate in cases of injustice – has let you down. Despite this, I hope that you feel surrounded by warmth and love from the community around you.
With love, and continued prayers,
Warren Dodd, Kitchener ON
Dear Honourable Chris Alexander, P.C., M.P.,
I am writing to you today about the family of Jozsef Pusuma, Timea Daroczi, and their daughter Lulu, who are a Hungarian Roma family and currently live in a Toronto church. Jozsef, Timea, and Lulu fled to Canada to seek protection as refugees following documented attacks and harassment in Hungary. However, their refugee claim was denied following professional misconduct by their lawyer that is currently being investigated by the Law Society. This misconduct directly contributed to the denial of this family’s claim.
Fearing for their lives, Jozsef, Timea, and Lulu made the difficult decision to seek sanctuary in a Toronto church. For the last two years, this family has been unable to leave the church. In light of the proceedings by the Law Society, Jozsef, Timea, and Lulu deserve to live freely. I request that Jozsef, Timea, and Lulu be granted Temporary Resident Permits so they can leave the church where they currently reside.
History will judge our nation based on how we cared for the most vulnerable. As a researcher who studies migrant and refugee rights around the world, I am well aware of the precarious realities of individuals and families who involuntarily leave their communities and countries of residence in search of freedom and safety. I have also studied the barriers that these individuals and families experience in their attempts to seek asylum abroad. I see Jozsef, Timea, and Lulu’s case as an opportunity for our country to set an example for others in humanitarianism and compassion inside our borders. I, along with the thousands of others petitioning you on behalf of Jozsef, Timea, and Lulu sincerely hope you take this opportunity.