The family at the centre of the tragedy in which the T&T Coast Guard shot at and killed an infant at sea, has now been relocated to Canada.
This was confirmed by international media and locally through attorney Criston Williams.
In February, Coast Guard officers fired upon a Venezuelan migrant vessel and killed the baby, identified as Yaelvis Santoyo Sarabia. Now, his mother, Darielvis Sarabia, her husband and second son have found a new home.
“To the young lady in question, she has been settled. She has been resettled from Canada,” Williams told Guardian Media in a phone interview.
“I would say, where this is an example of the model of the International Organization of Migration, how it ought to work once all parties contribute in keeping with the refugee conventions,” he said.
On the afternoon of February 11, 2022, the Ministry of National Security and the Coast Guard repatriated 38 Venezuelan nationals, who, according to the ministry, had entered Trinidad and Tobago illegally over a period of time. Some of those were said to be witnesses to the event.
There has been no update on the status of the investigation since a question was raised in Parliament in June.
Williams said since then, the family has been in the country.
‘She basically would have been hiding in Trinidad and Tobago, save and except her reporting conditions, her order supervisions, she was afraid in Trinidad and Tobago because of what transpired,” Williams said.
Williams is also expected to launch a petition in the High Court today which he hopes will address future incidents like this.
“I do not think that our law firm’s request to assist this young lady, as well as our international partners, to have a resolution to this issue. I do not think that process was satisfied. So, we have instructions to file an application before the High Court on her behalf.”
According to the UNHCR, resettlement is not a right of refugees; therefore, a refugee cannot apply for resettlement. The fact that a refugee has been recognised as a refugee in T&T does not mean the case will be considered for resettlement.