Metcalf Innovation Fellow Fay Faraday to Receive the Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award
In recognition of her work in human rights and social justice law, Fay Faraday has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award. The award is given to a Canadian woman who has made a demonstrable contribution to increasing women’s access to safety and justice.
“Fay’s commitment to migrant women, especially those who are exposed to precarious labour situations is extraordinary,” said Amanda Dale, Executive Director of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, in her announcement. “For more than two decades, Fay has dedicated herself to improving the conditions in which women are brought into Canada to work with precarious temporary migrant status and the protections that should be guaranteed to them through Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.”
As a Metcalf Innovation Fellow, Fay has examined the laws, programs, and policies that structure and constrain the rights of migrant workers. Her 2012 report Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity, maps the legal landscape that regulates migrant workers and develops a framework to strengthen temporary foreign worker rights in Canada. 2014’s Profiting from the Precarious: How recruitment practices exploit migrant workers exposes how temporary foreign workers are paying thousands of dollars in recruiting fees to work in minimum wage jobs in Ontario. Her upcoming report Canada’s Choice: Decent work or entrenched exploitation for Canada’s migrant workers will illustrate how, rather than alleviating their exploitation, recent policy changes have actually reinforced a two-tiered labour market with differential rights for low-wage migrant workers
Faraday will receive the award during the 22nd Annual Barbra Schlifer Tribute Fundraiser on June 9, 2016 at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East. Tickets are available here.