Supreme Court to decide if Vancouver Sex Workers can challenge prostitution laws

Vancouver, BC – On Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:45 PST/9:45 EDT, the Supreme Court of Canada will release its landmark decision in Attorney General of Canada v. Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence Society & Kiselbach.

In this case, the Federal Government asked the court to find that Sheryl Kiselbach, a former sex worker with 30 years of experience in the sex industry and the Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence Society (SWUAV) do not have the right to challenge Canada’s criminal laws relating to adult prostitution.

The decision will be available to the public on the Supreme Court website at approximately 6:45 PST/9:45 EDT.  [http://scc.lexum.org/en/index.html]

A press conference will be held in the wake of the decision to discuss the implications of this decision on the SWUAV/Kiselbach litigation and on access to justice for marginalized people in Canada.

TIME:              8:00 a.m. (PST)
DATE:             Friday, September 21, 2012
LOCATION:     Pivot Legal Society, 121 Heatley Avenue, Vancouver (enter off alley)

Contact:

Katrina Pacey
Litigation Director
Pivot Legal Society
(604) 729-7849
katrina@pivotlegal.org