Criminalization & Policing Campaigner
— Meenakshi is a settler living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples since 2006. This relationship to the host nations and Indigenous people across so-called Canada demands accountability and interrogations of social justice work and praxis.
In her role at Pivot, Meenakshi works alongside her interdisciplinary colleagues to envision intersectional approaches to policing and criminalization. She values Pivot’s uncompromising commitment to the expertise and vision of people with lived and living experience. Her work emphasizes the impact of policing on all aspects of Pivot’s work, with particular attention to public legal education materials, policy analysis, community engagement, and coordinating speaking engagements.
Prior to taking on the role of Criminalization and Policing Campaigner she worked as the manager of community education at Pivot. Prior to joining Pivot, she held a variety of frontline and administrative positions at legal and social service agencies in Vancouver. Meenakshi is a graduate of the UBC School of Social Work (MSW, 2019) and Registered Social Worker. She is currently a board member for the Community Radio Education Society, programmer at Vancouver Coop Radio (Stark Raven), and member of the Vancouver Prison Justice Day Committee. She’s survived the slow churn of bureaucracy with humour and moments of solidarity shared with clients, comrades, and coworkers. She took an improv class in 2018 and that helped too.
Please contact Meenakshi if you are interested in learning more about Pivot’s approach policing and criminalization: meenakshi [at] pivotlegal [dot] org.