Vecina Law is a boutique immigration and refugee law firm in Toronto
JEAN MARIE VECINA
Barrister & Solicitor
Jean Marie Vecina is a member of both the Philippine (2007) and Ontario bar (2012).
During her career in the Philippines, she provided legal representation and community organizing services to women’s groups such as Lihok Pilipina Foundation and Legal Alternatives for Women, Inc. In this capacity, Jean was invited to speak on the status of young women in the Philippines at the United Nations 51st session of the Commission on the Status of Women held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
After arriving in Canada, Jean began work in the settlement field, supporting and advocating for newcomers to the country, including work focused specifically on supporting LGBTQ youth and live-in caregivers.
Jean now focuses her practice on immigration and refugee law. Jean has appeared before all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Jean is one of the founders of Caregivers Action Centre (CAC), a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting foreign temporary workers in Canada working under the caregiver streams. Jean also serves as a board member of SoCirc, a non-profit organization supporting young people living on the margins through social circus modality.
● University of Toronto: Foreign Law Degree Accreditation
● University of San Carlos, Philippines: Bachelor of Laws
● University of the Philippines: Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science
● Law Society of Ontario
● Refugee Lawyers Association of Ontario
● Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
● Law Union of Ontario – Immigration Legal Committee
● Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Jean Marie Vecina
Barrister & Solicitor
T: 647-490-1349 x 1; Direct Line: 647-463-3343
Languages: English, Tagalog, Cebuano
Emelina is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Sheridan College and the Academy of Learning. She holds a BA in International Development, an accredited Paralegal Studies Diploma and an accredited Immigration Consultant Certificate. She is of mixed Latin and European descent and is fluent in the Spanish language.
Emelina has advocated for the rights of migrants since 2012. In 2012, she completed a paid internship with the United Food Commercial Workers Union working alongside migrant workers in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program in Leamington, ON. From 2012-2016 Emelina worked with the non-profit Growing Community Health to organize health fairs for migrant workers across Southern Ontario. From 2013-2018, Emelina was also a member of the End Immigration Detention Network and coordinated the Detainee Support Line; a resource line for immigration detainees in immigration detention to call in Ontario.
T: 647-490-1349 x 3
Languages: English, Spanish
Kevser is a graduate of Law and Political Science from the University of Versailles St-Quentin. She holds a Master’s Degree in International and European Public Law, where she specialized in Human Rights from the University of Paris Saclay, and International Relations from the University of Paris X. She wrote a thesis entitled “Corporations in the area of conflict: new challenges of International Law”.
Prior to coming to Canada, Kevser was also involved in various human rights organizations in France, advocating for the rights of migrants and children. Her speciality lies in the domains of the human right aspect of International Public Law.
Kevser speaks several languages, in addition to English, such as French (fluently), Turkish and Arabic (North African dialect). “
T: (647) 490-1349 x 2; Direct Line: (647) 907-5799
Languages: English, French, Turkish, Arabic (North African dialect)