Juana Tejada arrived in Canada in 2003 to work under the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), a program that would allow them to apply later for permanent residence from within Canada. After completing the required two years to be eligible for permanent residence, Juana submitted her application where she was found to be eligible. She was then required to undergo an immigration medical examination to complete the immigration process, where it was discovered that she had terminal cancer.

Together with grassroots orgs Migrante-Canada she fought bravely and won. In the process she changed the laws around the LCP and helped ensure that others wouldn’t have to go through the same.

Unfortunately, her cancer still claimed her on International Women’s Day 2009. She is remembered as a hero. (more…)