Pivot Legal Society Annual Report 2020

Pivot works in partnership with communities affected by poverty and social exclusion to identify priorities and develop solutions to complex human rights issues. Our work is focused in four policy areas: ending homelessness, drug policy reform, sex workers’ rights, and police accountability.

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Amid overlapping public health emergencies, Pivot’s legal advocacy objectives in the areas of homelessness, drug policy, sex workers’ rights, and criminalization and policing has become ever more pressing and urgent – and we remain steadfast in our commitment to fight for the health and human rights of people who contend with the daily reality of poverty and social exclusion.

~ Stephen Mussell, Board Chair & Drew Dennis, Executive Director


Highlights

Two toned vertical panels. The left side has a white background with the heading “Pivot 2020 Stats”. The body reads, “In 2020 Pivot staff developed action-based digital campaign and community resources related to COVID-19, We engaged lawyers, healthcare workers,  students, government actors, and service providers in workshops and presentations. We use a combination of direct government advocacy,  public education campaigns, and litigation to challenge laws and policies that discriminate against and deny human rights to people who use drugs, sex workers, people who are unhoused, and criminalized  communities.” The right side has stacked graphics in different colours. From top to bottom: Graphic no. 1 has black text and a yellow icon of two people sitting around a table and it reads: 103  Legal & Policy Advice, and Advocacy with Government Agencies. Graphic no. 2 has black text and a green icon of person and a phone handset and it reads: 70 Short-Service Calls Received. Graphic no. 3 has black text and a red icon of  four people with one person slightly larger with a speech bubble and it reads: Keynotes, Panels, & Webinar Presentations. Graphic no. 4 has black text and a blue icon of a newspaper and it reads: 98 News Headlines & Mentions. Graphic no. 5 black text and a purple icon of a scale and it reads: 7Legal Intervention, Human Rights, & Policing Cases.  Two toned vertical panels. The left side has a white background with the heading “Public Legal Education 2020 at a glance”. The body reads, “Throughout 2020, Pivot staff presented as keynotes, on panels and in workshops. We regularly present on our campaign areas, our 2018 report Project Inclusion, and more broadly on stigma and inclusion as it relates to criminalized communities. Our audiences are decision-makers, practitioners and students in health care, law, as well as frontline workers and advocates.” The right side has stacked graphics in different colours. From top to bottom: Graphic no. 1 has black text and a red icon of  four people with one person slightly larger with a speech bubble and it reads: 63 Keynotes, Panels, & Webinar Presentations. Graphic no. 2 has black text and a blue icon of three people and it reads: 12,891 Workshop & Presentation Attendees. Graphic no. 3 has black text and a purple icon of  a computer monitor with a checkmark on the screen and it reads: 5,956 Public Legal Information Accesses Online. Graphic no. 4 has black text and a yellow icon of an open book and it reads: 7 Community Resources Developed. Two toned horizontal panels. The top panel has a grey background and the bottom background is white. In each panel there is a vibrant and colourful stylized three dimensional pie chart. Both pie charts are coloured from largest portion to lowest portion from red for the largest piece, blue, then yellow, then purple and green for the smaller piece. The top pie chart has the title “Revenue Breakdown 2020”. The pie portions are Grants 56%, Donations 37%, Interest & Earned Revenue 6%, and Internal Reserves 1%. The bottom pie chart has the title “Expenses Breakdown 2020”. The pie portions are Renumeration 70%, Programs & Campaigns 14%, Office, General & Overhead 10%, Development 5%, and Amortization 1%.

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