Natalie Drolet – Executive Director/Staff Lawyer
Natalie joined MWC as Executive Director – Staff Lawyer in November 2014. Her legal practice focuses on the areas of immigration law and employment law, and she has represented migrant workers at all levels of court in BC. Natalie has been active in the fields of migration and human rights since 2003 when she worked as a researcher in Thailand for Rights & Democracy. Before joining MWC, she served as the Staff Lawyer for a multilingual access to justice initiative with the South Ottawa Community Legal Services. Prior to this, Natalie worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as a Legal Advisor and managed projects to advance the rights of domestic workers with the Legal Support for Children and Women.
Natalie received her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University in 2009 and her Masters in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University in 2005. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, vegetarian cooking and taking her dog Georgie to the beach.
Juliana Dalley – Staff Lawyer
Juliana is a Staff Lawyer with the Migrant Workers Centre. Before joining MWC, Juliana worked as an immigration and refugee lawyer in Vancouver where she helped people with many kinds of immigration issues including family sponsorships, work permits, provincial nominations, and permanent residency applications. Before that, Juliana worked with the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), a non-profit organization in Vancouver where she helped clients with housing, income security, human rights and employment issues. Juliana has focused her legal advocacy on advancing the rights of migrant workers. She has represented many migrant workers in legal proceedings to uphold their rights, including before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Worker’s Compensation Appeal Tribunal. Juliana has also fought for legal changes to benefit migrant workers including the new Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act in BC. She has appeared before the Federal Court, the B.C. Supreme Court, the B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Juliana clerked for Madam Justice Hansen at the Federal Court in Ottawa after receiving her law degree from the University of British Columbia in May 2013. Juliana has volunteered extensively with non-profit organizations in Vancouver including the Rising Up against Unjust Recruitment coalition and UBC LSLAP. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, and yoga.
Silvia Duran – Legal Support Coordinator
Silvia Duran grew up in a predominantly immigrant community after her parents arrived here as refugees from El Salvador. After graduating from Simon Fraser University in 2015 with a degree in history and political science, her fluency in Spanish and involvement with the community led her to pursue further experience within the social justice and immigration fields. Previous to joining the MWC, Silvia was a legal assistant at an immigration law firm specializing in refugee law and family sponsorships.
On her days off, Silvia will most likely be found in search of a new hiking trail, reading a good book or testing out traditional Salvadoran recipes.
Tess Van Weelden – Legal Advocate
Tess joined MWC as a Legal Advocate in August 2019. Prior to this, she worked with refugees and asylum-seekers for eight years in Egypt and other parts of Africa, focusing on refugee status determination and resettlement of vulnerable refugees to third countries such as Canada. Tess graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2009, during which time she volunteered with Downtown Legal Services law clinic. After law school and prior to moving to Egypt, she worked with the Alberta Government from 2009 until 2011, during which time she also volunteered with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, focusing on residential tenancy law and employment law. Tess was born and raised in North Vancouver. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, spending time outdoors, and staying in with her husband and two cats.
Jeanne Robert – Legal Advocate
Jeanne Robert grew up in France and in Peru. She arrived in Canada in 2012. She graduated from the Quebec Bar School in 2016 and she has a Master’s Degree in International Law focused on Human Rights from the University of Montreal. Before moving to British Columbia, she practiced family law and immigration law in a law firm in Montreal. In 2018, her strong interest for social justice led her to join the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition in Victoria as a human rights advocate. In this position, she provided advocacy in human rights cases, primarily in regard to complaints made to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. She joined MWC as a legal advocate in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and volunteering in various cultural areas.
Lucy Sun – Legal Advocate
Lucy joined MWC as a legal advocate in June 2020. She recently moved to British Columbia from Ontario, having graduated from Queen’s Faculty of Law in 2019. Lucy began her legal career working at an immigration law firm in Toronto, where she developed a passion for migrant worker advocacy while assisting low-income clients with refugee, H & C, and sponsorship applications. Following this, Lucy worked at a large non-profit organization in New York City which focused on supporting Latin American trafficking victims, sex workers, and migrant workers in navigating through immigration, employment, and social assistance entitlements. Lucy recently completed her articles at a top litigation firm in Toronto, gaining exposure to a variety of civil, regulatory, and constitutional matters, and was called to the Ontario bar in May 2020. In her free time, Lucy enjoys eating good desserts, painting landscapes of British Columbia, and helping her dog find the best hiking trails.
Karen Jantzen – Summer Law Student
Karen is going into her third year as a law student as UBC. She decided to go to law school because she is interested in immigration and refugee law. She previously volunteered as a conversation partner and English teacher for newcomers to Canada, which contributed to her interest in the area. During law school, Karen has volunteered with MWC, been part of the Law Students Legal Advice Program, participated in the International Justice and Human Rights Clinic, and done a placement at a refugee law firm.
Before law school, Karen grew up in the US and then moved to Winnipeg to complete a social science degree. In her free time, she enjoys baking, cycling, and reading nonfiction.