Systemic Advocacy

Legal Assistance of Windsor provides Public Legal Education sessions to the community on a variety of topics related to our practice areas. These sessions can be geared specifically to your clients or organization. If your organization would like a session on a particular topic, please contact us.

LAW is heavily involved in the Windsor-Essex Community.

Our community development initiatives aim to address issues resulting from violence and/or exploitation of people, and to help low-income, marginalized people meet their basic essential needs. For example:

 

  • We advocate and provide support with respect to the Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy, and assist with evaluating and refining housing rent supplement program policies.

  • We have created dedicated programming and support to assist newcomers and refugees, enhancing the coordination and efforts of our community partners and assisting to stem gaps in service by providing case management, ongoing supportive counselling, advocacy and coordination of service provision.

  • Our staff and students serve meals at the Downtown Mission each term.

  • LAW participates in a number of committees, including:

    • The Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, which ensures ongoing coordination of services and refining of protocols and procedures for victims of domestic violence;

    • The Advisory Board to the Legal Aid Ontario Board of Directors.

    • The local Human Services Justice Coordinating Committee, which organized a Mental Health Court information workshop attended by over 200 community participants.

    • A local committee comprised of Indigenous agencies and Legal Aid Ontario to support the provision of legal services to our Indigenous communities