La Voix winner facing deportation

The woman who captured the hearts of Quebecers on the TV singing competition La Voix last spring is facing deportation.  

Yama Laurent's request for refugee status has been denied, and her only hope now to avoid being sent back to Haiti is an appeal on humanitarian grounds.  

Laurent's lawyer tells the Journal de Montreal that winning the singing competition shows the performer can work here and is integrating into the community.  

While awaiting a decision on her appeal, she retains her work permit.  

Laurent survived the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 that claimed the lives of two younger sisters, and came to Canada after studying medicine in the Dominican Republic.