When crises and disasters occur, we know that existing legal problems are exacerbated and new legal needs emerge. Often these legal problems impact the most disadvantaged people in our society, as well as uncovering newly at-risk cohorts and communities.
Unexpected legal problems can affect people’s health, financial stability and relationships. In these times of crisis, people need to be able to access legal help as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
Unexpected legal problems can affect people’s health, financial stability and relationships
How we’re helping strengthen legal responses to disasters
Over more than a decade, our team of expert lawyers have played a central role in the legal
response to disasters and crises, including:
– 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria
– 2017 Bourke St Massacre in Melbourne
– 2019-2020 bushfires primarily in Victoria and NSW
– 2020-2021 COVID-19 crisis.
Based on our extensive experiences responding to disasters and crises, as well as the lived experience of people we’ve assisted, we’re calling for more support for strategic and coordinated legal responses to disasters.
Our campaigns on strengthening legal responses to disasters