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Pivot Legal Society

Pivot Legal Society is a non-profit policy advocacy organization located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Pivot is not a legal clinic or legal aid organization. Our mandate is to use the law strategically to achieve widespread social change affecting society's most marginalized. We work with low-income communities to develop legal strategies to address systemic problems affecting large numbers of people, and do not provide drop-in legal services or offer legal advice over the phone.

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Project Inclusion: Confronting Anti-Homeless and Anti-Substance User Stigma in British Columbia

Project Inclusion is a comprehensive study into the ways in which specific laws and policies in policing, health care, and the court system directly undermine the health and safety of people who are homeless and living ...
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Stop The Sweeps: Ending Cyclical Displacement & Criminalized Poverty in Vancouver

For everyone who relies on public space, the daily practice of Street Sweeps perpetuates a cycle of displacement that diminishes the dignity, safety, and well-being of people. The negative impacts of Street Sweeps on ...
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Evaluating Canada's Sex Work Laws: The Case for Repeal

Analysis of the Criminal Code provisions in the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA) shows that the legislation has resulted in sweeping criminalization of the sex industry, threatening the ...
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Decriminalization Done Right: A Rights-Based Path for Drug Policy

#DecrimDoneRight is a civil society platform based on evidence and rooted in public health and human rights approaches to drug policy. It is a product of collaboration from legal, human rights, public health sectors and ...
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Act Now! Decriminalizing Drugs in Vancouver

Technical brief with 1 main recommendation:that non-federal orders of government implement decriminalization locally, by applying to the federal government for an exemption against the offense of simple possession. ...
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