Social Justice

All too often people in our community do not access the full range of legal supports.

Whether it’s a landlord-tenant dispute, a disagreement with an employer, family law or child custody issue, people living in the inner city have a range of systemic, language, and cultural barriers preventing them from accessing the full range of dispute resolution mechanisms that are available.

The Medical Legal Partnership established as part of Our Place focuses on this issue. Working with groups from the legal community, we intend to disseminate information and coordinate efforts in order to improve access to existing legal resources and improve the effectiveness of these resources in serving our community.

The UBC research partners will help us to document the barriers to legal services access and their consequences. They will also assist in building community capacity to provide local perspectives on problems and solutions.

 

Long Term Outcomes:

- Enhanced empowerment and self determination for children and families

- Full citizenship and participation in community