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Free Press reporter nominated for human rights award

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A special report by Free Press reporter Carol Sanders has been nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists award.

Carol Sanders’ piece, When Hope Runs Out, is one of three finalists in the Journalists for Human Rights/CAJ award for human rights reporting. Sanders gave readers a rarely seen look inside the refugee claimant courtroom and examined how, statistically, the odds of remaining in Canada are stacked against newcomers.

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Sanders, the Free Press’s diversity reporter, has a passion for writing about newcomers to Canada and their settlement experiences.

While pursuing When Hope Runs Out, she uncovered how difficult those experiences are.

"I am delighted that Carol’s work and her special report has received the recognition it so rightly deserves,’’ Free Press Editor Paul Samyn said. "This nomination speaks not only to the high quality of Carol’s journalism but also the value of her diversity beat."

Refugee claimants get one chance before an Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator to plead their case. Sanders, after weeks of negotiating with refugees, was able to sit in on two days of hearings before an adjudicator who has a rejection rate of 86 per cent. After weeks of waiting, the adjudicator’s rulings came down — every case he heard was rejected and those claimants, who had lived in Canada for years, were told to leave the country.

Also nominated are CBC’s The Fifth Estate for Made in Bangladesh and Global News for Bus Rape Outrage.

Sanders' story can be viewed on the Free Press website under the following link: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/When-hope-runs-out-235771601.html

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