What is Legal Aid Ontario’s Racialized Communities Strategy?
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has committed to developing a multi-year, multi-faceted, province-wide racialized communities strategy that will build upon the services and supports that LAO already has in place.
This strategy will enable LAO to:
- better identify and prioritize the complex intersecting needs of racialized clients and ensure they can access a range of both legal and social services.
- expand access to legal services.
- develop policies, protocols and processes to reflect a better understanding of how being racialized impacts a client’s experience in the legal system.
- provide more supports to service providers.
- create a sustainable plan to ensure LAO staff are knowledgable and educated in the experiences of racialized communities and how it impacts clients, and provide up-to-date resources to assist in their work.
LAO will be engaging over the coming months in preliminary meetings and engagement sessions with a wide array of justice and social service partners, communities, lawyers, community service providers, legal clinics, peer networks, professional associations, government agencies and LAO staff.
LAO will produce a consultation paper to serve as a starting point for continued province-wide consultations.
During the first year of the initiative, we hope to identify opportunities for short-term program enhancements to benefit this particularly vulnerable client group.
Kimberly comes to us from Rexdale Community Legal Clinic where she was staff lawyer for four years prior to accepting a secondment to LAO as a Clinic and Programs Advisor for the Specialty Clinics. While at Rexdale Community Legal Clinic, Kimberly assisted in development of holistic strategies that leveraged partnerships with community agencies and LAO to address the needs of low income and vulnerable individuals. Kimberly has worked as a legal service provider in all regions served by LAO, and is keenly aware of the issues faced by racialized and vulnerable communities in different areas of the province.
For more information
For more information or to request a meeting or provide written feedback, please contact:
Kimberly Roach, Policy Counsel