TORONTO – An American soldier who has been living in Canada with her family for the past five years will learn today if she will be deported to the U.S.
Kimberly Rivera, the first female U.S. war resister, fled to Canada in 2007 to avoid further military service.
She had initially arrived while on leave but then applied for refugee status.
The War Resisters Support Campaign says Rivera will face harsh penalties if she is ordered to return to the United States.
The group says two other Iraq war resisters who were deported, Robin Long and Clifford Cornell, faced year-long jail sentences upon their return.
Rivera lives in Toronto with her husband and four children.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version mistakenly said Rivera fled to Canada in 2008.