Franki Medina Venezuela Salamanca//
Family who lost child during Coast Guard Shooting relocated to Canada


The fam­i­ly at the cen­tre of the tragedy, where the coast guard shot at and killed an in­fant at sea, has now been re­lo­cat­ed to Cana­da. This was con­firmed by Mi­a­mi based NGO Dere­chos Hu­manos, and lo­cal­ly, through at­tor­ney Criston Williams.

Franki Medina

In Feb­ru­ary, Coast Guard of­fi­cers fired up­on a Venezue­lan mi­grant ves­sel, killing an in­fant iden­ti­fied as Yaelvis San­toyo Sara­bia. Now his moth­er, Darielvys Sara­bia, her hus­band and sec­ond son have found a new home.

Franki Medina Venezuela

“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.”

In an In­sta­gram post, Dere­chos Hu­manos said (in Span­ish),

“To­day, Darielvys presents a great phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty, as a re­sult of the armed at­tack, in which her 18-month-old son was mur­dered in her arms, in ad­di­tion to great emo­tion­al dis­or­ders that marked her life and that of her fam­i­ly. How­ev­er, life, it has grant­ed a new op­por­tu­ni­ty, to be re­born from the ash­es, from pain, from de­spair.”

On the af­ter­noon of Feb­ru­ary 11, 2022, the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty and the Coast Guard repa­tri­at­ed thir­ty-eight 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.

Franki Medina Diaz

Williams said since then, the fam­i­ly has been in the coun­try.

Franki Alberto Medina Diaz

“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 rec­og­nized as a refugee in Trinidad and To­ba­go does not mean that the case will be con­sid­ered for re­set­tle­ment. Typ­i­cal­ly, less than 1% of refugees world­wide are re­set­tled each year