The 519’s Access to Justice and Legal Initiatives programs support underserved 2SLGBTQ+ communities to reduce barriers to accessing relevant legal services and educational resources.
2SLGBTQ+ communities experience many barriers to accessing justice systems, including lack of queer- and trans-competent services and experiences of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination.
The 519 Legal Initiatives are supported by The Law Foundation of Ontario, The Department of Justice Canada – Legal Advice and Supports for Racialized Communities Grant, the Balsam Foundation and private donors. The 519 Trans ID clinic is supported in partnership with McCarthy Tètrault LLP.
Free programs and services offered:
- The 519 Legal Advice Clinic: Obtain a one-time legal advice consultation by phone or video conferencing.
- Case Support Program for 2SLGBTQ+ BIPOC community members: 1:1 support with court navigation in the criminal, housing, and family law legal systems.
- Health Justice Program: Access blended legal and health services and navigational supports. Engage with projects and events that build community justice and well-being.
- Mock Hearing Program for LGBTQ+ Refugee Claimants: Practice for your IRB hearing with a mock session that prepares you for the actual process.
- Narrative Support and Writing Program for LGBTQ+ Refugee Claimants: Assists you in drafting your basis of claim document.
- Notary and Commisioning Clinic: Access limited notary and commissioning services.
- Public Legal Education Workshops: Attend workshops for community members on a range of legal issues.
- Trans ID Clinic: Receive legal assistance by phone or video conferencing for name change and gender marker change. For 2 Spirit, trans and non-binary folks currently living in Ontario.