WEBINAR: HELPING CLIENTS OBTAIN ID
This webinar will cover the process of helping clients apply for government-issued identification, and strategies for dealing with common obstacles in the application process. Obtaining identification can be densely administrative and complicated, filled with contradictory forms and other barriers. It can be particularly difficult for people experiencing homelessness and other systemic forms of marginalization, many of whom lack any identification whatsoever. Obtaining identification can be an important step in pursuing many routes to housing and stability: opening a bank account, obtaining social assistance, checking into a detox program, or signing a lease, among other things. Drawing on the knowledge used in the ID Clinic operated by UBC Law students and volunteer lawyers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, this discussion will reflect the lessons learned from the clinic’s first year and a half in operation.
PRESENTER BIO: JULIA RIDDLE
Julia has been a clinician with the ID Project since May 2018. She has also helped clients navigate the challenges of identification-related barriers with the general legal clinic at UBC (the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program). A student in her final year at UBC Law, Julia is interested in combating the ways law acts to create homelessness and other forms of marginalization, and in making the legal system more accessible to non-lawyers.