Participate in Pivot’s Project Inclusion

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Welcome to Project Inclusion – A human rights approach to HIV, HCV and overdose prevention!

At Project Inclusion we believe that stigma and exclusion are not inevitable. One key way to prevent HIV, Hepatitis C and overdose is to advance the human rights of people who have been excluded or stigmatized in society as a result of homelessness, problematic substance use, and/or engagement in sex work. And so, Pivot Legal Society is reaching out across British Columbia to gather information about local laws, policies and practices that affect marginalized people. 

Through Project Inclusion Pivot will work with communities to identify the legal barriers that increase risks related to HIV, Hepatitis C and overdose, stop people from accessing services, and stop organizations from providing necessary care and services. Pivot will develop resources for community members, service providers and advocates, will engage in public legal education and community dialogue across BC, and will build law reform strategies to advance the rights of people who have been pushed farthest to the margins.

Click here to start the survey! Survey deadline is Friday February 24, 2017 by 5pm.


Hello! Welcome to Project Inclusion – A human rights approach to HIV, HCV and overdose prevention

Pivot Legal Society is reaching out through the PAN community for your input because of the important work you all do and the expertise you hold. Apologies for any cross-posting.

We need you

Please take 15-20 minutes to fill out our survey. Your input will assist us in identifying and removing legal barriers that put your clients’ health, lives and safety at risk. This survey was designed with service providers in mind so if you are responding based on your own experiences, please indicate that in the survey. We’d love to hear from all of you!

Click here to start the survey! Survey deadline is Friday February 24, 2017 by 5pm.

We’ve provided background information about Project Inclusion below.

Pivot Legal Society

Pivot is a human rights organization founded and located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  Pivot works on behalf of marginalized communities to create a just, fair and equal society through litigation, law reform, research and legal education.

Project Inclusion

A complex web of federal, provincial and municipal laws, regulations and policies affect the lives and the health of people who are marginalized as a result of homelessness, problematic substance use, and/or engagement in sex work.   Pivot is reaching out across British Columbia to gather information about local laws, policies and practices that affect marginalized people. Pivot plans to gather data on the role of legal systems in access to health services. We will focus on laws, enforcement tactics, judicial conditions, and institutional release practices that may be linked to risks related to HIV, Hepatitis C (HCV), and overdose.  

Methods

As a first step, we are reaching out to service providers for expert input. After this, we will engage directly with affected communities through focus groups and individual interviews in municipalities across BC. Click here for a complete overview of our ethics and methods framework.

Goals

Based on input from directly affected people, Pivot will identify key issues for law and policy reform and advocacy. Pivot will report our findings in a publicly available report, and possibly in academic publications. Pivot will develop resources for community members, service providers and advocates, and law reform documents to engage with government stakeholders. Pivot will also engage in public legal education and community dialogue, including community events, social and traditional media, and academic lectures. This research will also inform Pivot’s litigation advocacy. Data collected will not form the basis of any litigation.

Risks and Benefits

Your participation will remain confidential, unless you choose otherwise. You may chose to communicate your views publicly and be identified by name, but there is no requirement to do so in order to participate in this survey. Please consider whether identifying yourself might have negative effects on your employment or personal relationships. By participating in this study you will contribute to an improved understanding of how laws and enforcement practices across BC affect your clients and to advocacy efforts to improve their lives.

Confidentiality

You may choose to provide your name with or without contact information, or you may fill out this survey without providing identifying information. Your survey results will be given a code that will ensure that only the researcher knows your identity. Contact information may only be used with your consent and for the purpose of conducting a follow up interview with you or engaging with your clients.

Online survey data will be gathered through Survey Monkey. Click here to read Survey Monkey’s privacy statement. Once survey data collection is complete, all responses will be downloaded and stored on a secured server and secured computer within the law office of the Pivot Legal Society.

Your views will remain confidential in any reports, publications, academic articles, advocacy or communications. Information that discloses your identity will not be released without your consent unless required by law.

If you wish to be identified in publications or advocacy arising from the project, you will be asked to sign a separate “communications and photography” consent.

Consent and Remuneration

Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to participate and you may decline to answer any or all survey questions without incurring costs or personal consequences. No payment or other remuneration will be offered to service providers in connection with this survey.

Contact for questions, concerns and more information

Please contact DJ Larkin, Pivot Legal Society, at 604-229-9631 or by email at dj@pivotlegal.org.

Contact for complaints

Please contact Annelies Becu, HIV Project Coordinator, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control at 778-877-0311.

Take the survey now!

Thank you for your time and thoughtful input.