Justice In Our Times

Justice information, news and resources for British Columbians.

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  • Central American Crime: Justice In Our Times

    Central American Crime: Justice In Our Times

    On January 27, the Society gathered a panel of speakers with differing perspectives of the international impact of Central American crime.

    Topics included the evolution of gangs in El Salvador, the legal and social impact of Central American crime in BC, and the Society's work to strengthen the region's justice systems.

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  • Gang Wars: Justice In Our Times

    Gang Wars: Justice In Our Times

    Gang Wars: Justice in Our Times featured four panelists discussing how our justice system and communities can better respond to BC's gang problem.

    Watch the event, which covered numerous topics including legislation changes, witness protection, publication bans and early intervention.


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  • Aboriginal Justice In Our Times

    Aboriginal Justice In Our Times

    On March 3rd, a panel of notable speakers presented thought-provoking ideas and opinions on legal issues facing the Aboriginal community.


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  • Pioneering in the Fight against Human Trafficking

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    In November 2008, Patsy Sorensen, founder and director of the Belgian non-governmental organization Payoke, delivered a presentation titled "Pioneering in the Fight Against Human Trafficking" to a crowded room at SFU Harbour Centre.

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Central American Crime - Attorney General Romeo Barahona

The Honourable Attorney General Lic. Romeo Barahona, El Salvador
Supt. Dan Malo, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, BC Integrated Gang Task Force
William Ramirez, Project Coordinator, Justice Education Society, Guatemala
Former Central American gang member

On January 27, the Society hosted Central American Crime: Justice In Our Times. The event, part of the Society’s annual “Judicial Community Liaison Program,” offered BC judges the opportunity to learn more about issues that impact our communities.

This year’s program focused on the international impact of crime in Central America and featured The Honourable Lic. Romeo Barahona, Attorney General of El Salvador, as the keynote speaker. William Ramirez, the Society’s Program Coordinator from Guatemala, discussed the work the Society is doing to build more effective justice systems in Central America.

In addition, Superintendent Dan Malo of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, BC Integrated Gang Task Force, as well as Marilyn G.D. from the Kiwassa Neighbourhood House’s Domestic Violence Prevention Program, spoke about the legal and social impact of Central American crime in BC.

Many Guatemalan judges and prosecutors, who were in town for a study tour of BC’s justice system as part of the Society’s Building Effective Justice Systems project, also attended the event. Over dinner they discussed their issues and challenges with their British Columbian counterparts as well as local justice system and community representatives.

The four presentations were filmed and edited versions will be posted on JusticeInOurTimes.ca this week. Previous Justice In Our Times events, which focused on BC’s gang violence and Aboriginal justice issues, can also be viewed on the site. The event was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Internatonal Trade Canada.