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Advancing Rights for Sex Workers and Drug Users in Canada

Sex, Drugs, and Canadian Politics: Advancing Human Rights for Sex Workers and People Who Use Drugs (March 2, 2015)

Pivot Legal Society works to advance the rights of sex workers and people who use drugs in Canada.

In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the country’s laws on prostitution, but it was recriminalized less than a year later by parliament. At a recent event, Pivot’s Katrina Pacey discussed how the organization’s political and legal strategies are evolving to address the new regime.

Pivot is also at the forefront of using strategic litigation to advance the rights of people who use drugs. Adrienne Smith followed her colleague’s remarks with a discussion of heroin-assisted treatment, needle exchange programs in prisons, and supervised injection.

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