July 4, 2014 – Original Report by the Canadian Press – A transgender woman from London, England, who was held in a men’s jail after being detained over an apparent immigration issue in Canada has filed two human rights complaints.
Avery Edison, 26, said she has filed complaints with both the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
The complaints stem from Edison’s experiences in February when she had travelled to Toronto for a visit.
Edison said she was detained at Pearson airport by the Canada Border Services Agency because on her previous trip to Canada, she stayed past the expiry date of her student visa.
Edison was brought to a male detention facility, Maplehurst Correctional Centre in Milton, Ontario, before eventually being transferred to a female facility.