Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC)
The MLSC is currently a Toronto-based project of the CMLA with seed funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario. In 2021, we are ramping up to provide more services to more people and to increase our impact throughout the legal sector and with Muslim communities in Ontario. The MLSC is building and growing, and working towards status as a stand-alone organization.
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Who We Are
The MLSC was initiated by the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) in 2018 in recognition of the lack of culturally competent legal services accessible to the Muslim community. Discrimination against the Muslim population in Ontario is on the rise and the intersecting impacts of poverty, racialization and Islamophobia make this diverse population distinctly vulnerable. Islamophobia leads to social stigma, discrimination, hate, as well as targeting by the state, while services and resources to address day-to-day needs are lacking. An understanding of the social context of Muslim identity is desperately needed in order for the legal system to be supportive of this unique community.
Connect the community with culturally competent and accessible legal services;
Empower the community with legal information;
Improve understanding of Muslim identities and Muslim experiences within the legal system through data gathering and research;
What We Do
Increase capacity of the legal sector to provide accessible and equitable legal services to Muslims in Ontario; and
Partner with the legal sector, community organizations, academics, and service providers to identify injustices related to Muslim identity or perceived Muslim identity, and work towards systemic change.
Legal information and education for the public, community organizations, and legal service providers;
Referrals for Muslims seeking legal services; and
Summary legal advice on legal issues and discrimination related to individuals’ Muslim identity or perceived Muslim identity.
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