Fund Equal Justice Update: Budget Lifeline for Community Legal Centres

01 June 2017 | Amanda Alford, Director Policy & Advocacy, National Association of Community Legal Centres

Today marks the 8th World Day of Social Justice, an awareness day initiated by the United Nations to focus attention on social justice issues. Each year focuses on a specific injustice, with previous years addressing issues like human trafficking, forced labour or rights at work. 2017 shines the spotlight on fair trade, working conditions, and putting an end to human exploitation.

In the current global climate, raising awareness for social justice is as important as ever. Just this month Russia partially decriminalised domestic violence. The United States is endeavouring to put in place precarious immigration laws, social injustices in the war-torn Middle East continue to escalate while the pain of inequality on the African sub-continent goes unabated. Closer to home, a recent report ranked Australia 26th out of 29 OECD countries in employment participation rates for those with a disability.

As a sign of commemoration and dedication to social justice, we have developed a Practical Guidance Social Justice Pacific module, as an essential resource for lawyers, academics, students, advocates and self-litigants working on pro-bono cases and social justice issues. It is a crucial tool for those with limited access to practical resources to prosecute their case or defend their rights; for refugees and victims of human trafficking and discrimination who need greater access to justice.

Developed under the LexisNexis Rule of Law company mission, which promotes rule of law in Australia and around the world, the module covers human trafficking in several Asia Pacific jurisdictions as well as Australian federal discrimination law and humanitarian immigration. It also demonstrates how to establish and manage a charity. Authors include the Australian Human Rights Commission (Australian federal discrimination law), Fragomen immigration firm, Slave Free Seas (which expands on the existing Slave Free module) and Professor Dale Pinto.

At the very core of our strategy, at LexisNexis, is the goal of advancing the rule of law and social justice. We are committed to playing a positive role in the community and becoming an authoritative voice in legal and risk management business issues that are not only topical but, more importantly, foundational to the principles of the rule of law. This commitment – to the continuing advancement of the rule of law – facilitates the wellbeing of people, communities and businesses throughout the world.

Social justice ascribes that all people deserve equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. At LexisNexis we are committed to opening the doors of access and opportunity by developing the resources needed to achieve these goals. In fact, this is the 20th module we have developed for Practical Guidance in Australia and the 35th in the Pacific region. We will continue to collaborate with leading advocates to create modules that have particular value for those with limited resources.

I urge anyone who has an interest in social justice to download this module. All current Lexis Advance subscribers have access to the module free through their Practical Guidance drop down, navigation button. Subscribers of other LexisNexis platforms and non-LexisNexis clients can access the free module here.

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