A Helping Hand: 2017-2018 Annual Report

Client: Human Rights Legal Support Centre

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The Human Rights Legal Support Centre is an independent agency, funded by the Government of Ontario, to provide legal services to individuals who have experienced discrimination. The HRLSC provides legal assistance to individuals when they take an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to resolve a human rights dispute.

The Public worked with the HRLSC to design its 2017-2018 annual report, connecting its legal advocacy and support with real outcomes, and visualizing the way in which the organization’s services are a helping hand in navigating a complex system. The symbol of intertwining hands—and the “spark” that travels along their pathways, from initial approach to positive outcome—is indicative of the sense of advocacy, helpfulness, connectivity and movement that is core to this work.

The report presents the mediated settlements, notable cases decided at hearing, significant human rights tribunal decisions and community connections supported by the HRLSC. The voices of clients are foregrounded throughout to reflect the breadth, depth, and real-life, personal implications of HRLSC’s work, particularly in the context of the #metoo movement and increasing publicity of sexual assault cases.

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