Welcome to JusticeTrans

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JusticeTrans’ mission is to increase access to justice for the transgender community across Canada.

JusticeTrans is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2015. Its mission is to increase access to justice for the transgender community across Canada.

JusticeTrans’ vision is to be the most up-to-date website offering legal information about transgender rights across Canada. JusticeTrans will help foster an environment where transgender Canadians are increasingly aware of their legal rights in the face of an ever-changing legal landscape.

JT is Hiring!

JusticeTrans is hiring for two new positions:

Administrative Assistant (FR // EN)

Project Coordinator and Head of Research (FR // EN)

We will begin reviewing applications on December 2, 2020 and will continue reviewing applications until the positions are filled.

Annonce de projet et de financement // Project and Funding Announcement

Annonce de projet et de financement (English)

JusticeTrans est heureuse d’annoncer le lancement du projet Amélioration des connaissances et renforcement des capacités pour l’accès à la justice des personnes trans financé par Femmes et Égalité des genres Canada (FEGC). Ce projet aidera grandement JusticeTrans à accomplir sa mission : accroître l’accès à la justice (procédurale, sur le fond et symbolique) pour la communauté trans (incluant les personnes transgenres, transsexuelles, non-binaires, bispirituelles, intersexuées et toutes personnes ne s’identifiant pas au genre assigné à leur naissance) à travers le Canada. Vu la nature systémique de la crise d’accès à la justice, le revenu disproportionnellement bas des personnes trans, les injustices affublant les personnes trans, particulièrement les femmes trans, les personnes trans féminines, de couleur, autochtones et/ou les personnes bispirituelles, ainsi que le manque de connaissance sur les besoins de la communauté trans en matière d’accès à la justice, JusticeTrans souhaite accroître sa capacité interne et enrichir ses connaissances dans le but de créer des projets d’éducation juridique, de mieux concentrer ses activités de défense des droits et de revendication, et de construire de meilleures relations avec la communauté trans à travers le Canada.

Le projet

Le projet est divisé en deux composantes. La première est la composante recherche et elle vise à améliorer nos connaissances en matière d’accès à la justice pour les personnes trans au Canada. L’élément central de la composante recherche consiste en une consultation pancanadienne avec la communauté trans sur l’accès à la justice. La consultation devait originalement être menée en personne, mais vu la pandémie mondiale et les incertitudes qui lui sont associées, JusticeTrans a décidé d’adopter un modèle virtuel. Cette consultation nous permettra d’évaluer les besoins de la communauté trans et contribuera à façonner notre approche intersectionnelle d’accès à la justice pour les personnes trans au Canada. Plus particulièrement, JusticeTrans utilisera les données recueillies pour rédiger un plan stratégique, guider ses demandes de financement et ses programmes et créer du matériel éducatif (écrit et visuel) sur l’accès à la justice pour les personnes trans. Une version bilingue (français/anglais) des résultats sera disponible au public (conformément aux règles de protection des renseignements personnels et aux normes d’éthique) et lorsque possible, nous nous efforcerons de rendre disponible au public, en français et en anglais, tout matériel produit subséquemment à l’aide des données recueillies lors de ce projet.

La deuxième composante du projet vise à renforcer la capacité interne et la gouvernance de JusticeTrans. Plusieurs activités serviront à atteindre cet objectif : une formation sur les finances et la bonne gouvernance, un examen de notre gouvernance, la mise en place d’une structure d’adhésion, une formation en rédaction de demandes de financement, la rédaction de stratégie de financement et de demandes de financement, ainsi que la traduction de textes en français. Ces activités aideront JusticeTrans dans sa création et son développement de programmes et favoriseront l’amélioration de la viabilité financière de l’organisme, ce qui permettra à JusticeTrans de mieux accomplir sa mission.

Le financement

FEGC a généreusement octroyé 338 716 $ des Fonds de développement des capacités communautaires LGBTQ2 à JusticeTrans pour le projet Amélioration des connaissances et renforcement des capacités pour l’accès à la justice des personnes trans. Le financement sera utilisé pour couvrir les coûts suivants reliés au projet : l’embauche d’employés à temps plein et à temps partiel, les coûts administratifs et les frais de services tels que traduction, avis juridiques, demandes de financement, formations, distribution de matériels, etc.

Prochaines étapes

JusticeTrans débutera prochainement le processus d’embauche pour les deux postes suivants : Coordonnatrice/teur de projet et Responsable de la recherche, et Adjoint/e administratif/tive. Il s’agit d’une formidable opportunité de travailler avec JusticeTrans et d’améliorer l’accès à la justice pour les personnes trans à travers le Canada. De plus, nous serons prochainement à la recherche d’un/une Assistant/e de recherche en droit. Le mois de décembre 2020 et le premier trimestre de 2021 seront consacrés aux formations, aux activités concernant la capacité interne de l’organisme, ainsi qu’à la phase de planification de la consultation. Nous annoncerons la consultation à l’avance et communiquerons avec la communauté trans à travers le Canada à cet effet. Nous vous invitons à rester à l’affut des prochains développements de ce projet!

Pour toutes questions, veuillez vous nous contacter.

PDF: Annonce de projet

 

Project and Funding Announcement

JusticeTrans is pleased to announce the launch of the Trans A2J Knowledge Enhancement and Capacity Building Project funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE). This project will greatly increase JusticeTrans’ capacity to fulfill its mission: to increase access to justice—procedurally, substantively and symbolically—for the trans community (including, but not limited to, transgender, transsexual, non-binary, Two-Spirit, and intersex people, and those who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth) across Canada. Given the pervasiveness of the access to justice crisis, the disproportionately lower income of the trans population, the injustices the trans community face—particularly trans women and trans feminine people, trans people of colour, and Indigenous trans and/or Two-Spirit people—and the lack of information on the legal needs of the trans community in Canada, JusticeTrans is expanding its capacity and knowledge to craft further legal literacy projects, to focus its advocacy activities, and to build stronger and more effective relationships with the trans community across Canada.

The Project

The project is divided in two main components. First, the research component aims to enhance our knowledge of access to justice issues concerning the trans community in Canada. The core of the research component is a pan-Canadian consultation with the trans community on access to justice. While originally designed to be in person, the uncertainties and risks associated with the ongoing global pandemic has pushed JusticeTrans toward an online model. The consultation will allow us to evaluate the needs of the trans community and its results will inform our intersectional approach to improving access to justice for trans people in Canada. Specifically, JusticeTrans will use the data to create a strategic plan, to inform grant proposals and programming, and to create written and visual materials regarding access to justice for trans people. A bilingual (French/English) version of the results will be publicly accessible (in accordance with privacy laws and ethical standards) and we will endeavour to make subsequent materials based on these results accessible in both French and English, when feasible. 

The second component aims at enhancing the capacity and governance of JusticeTrans. This will be achieved through several activities: financial literacy and good governance training, governance review, implementation of a membership structure, grant writing training, grant applications and strategies, and translation of existing materials into French. These activities will allow JusticeTrans to further develop its programming and achieve financial sustainability, which in turn will improve JusticeTrans’ ability to further its mission.

The Funding

WAGE has generously awarded JusticeTrans $338,716 from the LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund for the completion of the Trans A2J Knowledge Enhancement and Capacity Building Project. The funds will be used to hire full-time and part-time employees to work on the project, to cover the administrative cost of the project, and to cover various professional fees for translation, legal advice, graphic design, grant writing, training, dissemination of materials, etc.

The Road Ahead

JusticeTrans will soon advertise two positions: a Project Coordinator and Head of Research, and an Administrative Assistant. Keep an eye out for this great opportunity to work with JusticeTrans and improve access to justice for trans people across Canada. We will also be looking for a Legal Research Assistant shortly after initial hires. December 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 will be dedicated to training and other capacity building activities and the planning phase of the consultation. We will announce the consultation in advance and reach out to the trans community across Canada. Keep an eye out for our next steps!

Contact us for inquiries.

PDF: Project Announcement

JusticeTrans’ Statement on Bill C-8 (prohibition of “conversion therapy”)

On 9 March 2020, Bill C-8 (An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy)) underwent its first reading in Parliament. Bill C-8 is meant to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to criminalize conversion therapy, and in so doing has proposed narrow definitions of what constitutes conversion therapy – limiting it to act of active “conversion” and excluding acts such as discouraging or delaying the adoption of a gender not assigned at birth. For example, attempts by medical practitioners to delay or restrict a person’s transition would not be covered. Consequently, JusticeTrans has chosen to sign an open letter to Minister of Justice, David Lametti, and Minister of Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth, Bardish Chagger, requesting that the Act be amended to be more inclusive of all forms of conversion therapies and other acts that aim to deny the gender identity of a trans person.

At the same time, we recognize that marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system and that their access to justice is often limited. This is especially true for those trans people who are black, indigenous, people of colour, transfeminine, and/or sex workers. Furthermore, we recognize that the criminal law is a significantly limited tool for instituting the social change necessary to advance the acceptance of trans identities. While we have signed this open letter, JusticeTrans also stands with black-led calls to defund the police and abolish the criminal punishment system. More work is needed in all aspects of society to build a better future for trans people. The proposed amendment, if modified to broaden the definition of conversion therapy, is only one step toward improving and safeguarding trans lives.

Passport

The Federal Government announced in June that the ‘X’ option would become available on Canadian passports. The Federal Passport page has been updated to reflect this. Due to the highly specific nature of individual situations, it is best to refer to the Government website. The previous information on passport changes will remain on the site for the next 6-8 weeks, for reference.

Nova Scotia Gender Markers

As of July 9, 2019, Nova Scotians can now update their gender markers on their birth certificate, provincial ID, driver’s license, and health card. Gender markers can be changed to ‘F’, ‘M’, or ‘X’.

If it is your first time changing your gender marker, you can do so free of charge.

The Nova Scotia ‘Gender Marker’ section will be updated to reflect these changes shortly.

Edit: Global News article by Dexter Nyuurnibe; Access Nova Scotia – Change Sex Designation.

Join the Board!

Applications for Board positions are currently open! These positions have a start date of July 1, 2019.
 
Open positions are:
– Chair
– Vice-Chair
– General board member
 
To be considered, please forward your resume/CV and a brief (no more than one page) covering letter about your interest in JT and how your previous working/volunteer/lived experiences would contribute to JT.
 
Our email is justicetrans@gmail.com.
 
Applications must be received by May 31, 2019 to be considered.

Nova Scotia School Registry

On March 8, 2019, it was reported that students would soon have the option of self-identifying as ‘x’ on their school records. The Nova Scotia page has been updated to reflect this. For more information, please click here.

BC Supreme Court Ruling

Recently, the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued a ruling pertaining to a trans-identified youth. The ruling was individual in nature and may be appealed. At the present time, we are refraining from making any adjustments to the site given that it was an individual ruling. However, the ruling is of importance, as it granted the youth the right to change their name without parental consent, to make medical decisions related to their transition without parental consent (as they had the capacity to consent), and went further to say that misgendering or misnaming of the youth would be considered family violence within the context of the BC Family Law Act.

An article has been written about the case here.

We will be following this case closely as it develops.