This webinar provides up to date information on the human rights of those who are experiencing homelessness, whether in a shelter or in public spaces. With this understanding, participants will be able to identify and combat the stigma of being homeless. This session outlines relevant human rights legislation and policy. It also provides an opportunity to learn about the goals and challenges of human rights within a shelter setting, especially when it comes to gender, family status and disability. An important part of this session is learning about human rights of the homeless when it comes to public spaces. This information will help empower participants to inform their clients, provide public education and advocate for those who are homeless.
Instructor: DJ Larkin is a lawyer and campaigner with the Pivot Legal Society, a human rights organization grounded in Vancouver’s Downtown East-side that works on behalf of marginalized communities to create a just, fair and equal society through litigation, law reform, research and legal education.
DJ’s work focuses on litigating and researching the criminalization of homelessness, systems of housing that infringe on the human rights of low-income renters, and housing policies and practices that put marginalized tenants at risk. She recently represented the BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors against the City of Abbotsford in Abbotsford v Shantz, the Supreme Court of B.C. trial that recognized the rights of vulnerable homeless people to take shelter in public spaces in the absence of safe alternatives.