(English transcript of Ruptura del Contrato de Esponsoramiento)
Captions: Sponsorship Breakdown
The people who appear in this video are actors and the situation portrayed is a dramatization. The legal information in this video applies only to British Columbia, Canada, and is accurate as of July 2007. Information may become outdated as laws change.
[Anita is sending a fax. She hears a woman sobbing. Anita looks around the cubicle wall to see that her co-worker, Susana is crying.]
Anita: Susana? What's happened?
Susana: Juan says he doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes he locks me inside the house.
Anita: That’s awful!
Susana: He says he will get the police to send me back to Costa Rica.
Anita: He can't do that. He sponsored you for permanent residency.
Susana: He doesn't care about the papers he signed.
[Anita notices small bruises on Susana's arms.]
Anita: Susana, is Juan hitting you?
Susana: No. He grabs me pretty hard sometimes, but he hasn’t hit me. Sometimes he looks like he really wants to, though.
Anita: If he's gone that far, you're in danger and you should get help.
Susana: I don't want police.
Anita: The police are there to protect you. You have rights in Canada. Is Juan home tonight?
Susana: He is away on business until next Monday.
Anita: So you're safe for a little while. I think you need to get your identification and leave.
Susana: I can’t do that — he will get me deported.
Anita: No, he won't — because he can't. You are a legal permanent resident. You have rights here. He is the one who is wrong, not you. You can leave him any time you want.
Susana: I don't know where to go.
Anita: We should call a legal information outreach worker. They can help you figure things out, like whether you want to stay in your home or if you'd feel safer going somewhere he can't find you. You have choices, Susana.
Susana: He'll hurt me if I leave him.
Anita: Let’s ask the LIOW about that — I have heard about something called a Protective Order that you can get.
Susana: What does that mean?
Anita: If you have one, it means it’s illegal for Juan to come near you or call you, and he can go to jail if he does.
Susana: Oh! It would be so hard to be away from him.
Anita: But you are in a lot of danger. If he has locked you up and hurt you before, he will do it again. It’s very important that you get away while you still can.
Susana: I don’t know. I still love him, and he can be so sweet sometimes.
Anita: Why don’t we call an LIOW right now? Have you taken your lunch break yet?
Susana: No, I haven’t. Okay, let’s call her.
[Anita motions to the computer on the desk.]
Anita: Here, let me show you the Legal Services Society’s website. It has all the phone numbers we’ll need, plus ways to get free booklets with more information. They even have lawyers that help people for free.
[Susana hesitates, then nods. Anita puts her arm around Susana.]
Anita: It's going to be okay.
Narrator: The information in this video applies to permanent residents only. This video does not contain all the information you need. See the Family Law website for more information, or call LawLINE.
Produced by the Legal Services Society. Thank you to the Law Foundation of BC, whose generous funding made this video possible.
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