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Community Legal Assistance Society

Vancouver, Canada
Joined May 2017

We represent low income people for free at administrative tribunals and courts on issues involving human rights, workers' rights, housing, and income security.

Presence in: Canada
Focus: Education, Gender-based violence, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights

Community Legal Assistance Society – CLAS – has four programs:

Community Law Program

We provide legal assistance to people in B.C. with problems in the areas of workers’ rights, income security, housing, mental health and human rights. We offer different kinds of legal services, including: summary legal advice to outline your options and point you in the right direction; assistance to help you represent yourself; and full representation.

We provide legal advice and representation to people who: have been involuntarily detained pursuant to the BC Mental Health Act; or have custody or conditional discharge disposition orders pursuant to the Mental Disorder Provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada. If you have been involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act or require representation at a BC Criminal Code Review Board hearing, contact our office and, depending on our capacity, we will either assist you or provide you options, including potential referrals.

We provide representation to complainants who have cases before the BC Human Rights Tribunal. If your application for representation by our Clinic is accepted, an advocate will assist you with the early stages of your complaint, including exploring settlement. Although most cases settle, should your case go to a hearing, a lawyer may be able to assist you in your preparation and potentially even represent you at your hearing.

We provide a dedicated legal support service exclusively for advocates and community workers in B.C.

People Associated With This Organization

Amita Vulimiri

Community Legal Assistance Society
Joined May 2017
I currently practice in human rights and equality law at a non-profit society, representing low income people for free at administrative tribunals, and at all levels of court in Canada. I have worked internationally before, at the Law Society of Kenya on professional regulation matters, and by providing litigation support on public interest cases involving the Kenyan constitution.

I am looking to connect with others working on human rights issues, and look for further opportunities to work or volunteer abroad.
Amita Vulimiri is the network champion (main point of contact) for Community Legal Assistance Society.

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