The Sydney Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) saw the launch of their new foundation this week, the ICLC Foundation, that aims to support additional projects that would otherwise be overlooked due to funding, availability of time and other resources.
The charitable trust, established this year, will provide legal services and access to justice with a particular focus on LGBTI support.
Speaking to GSN, barrister and Chair of the Foundation, James Emmett, explained that their mission was to 'provide innovative, empowering and high quality legal services through advice, representation, education and advocacy.
'I'm so pleased to be involved with such a fantastic project and to work with a whole host of enthusiastic and professional people. It's not every day you can concentrate on something that not only are you passionate about, but you know can, and hopefully will, help people in need.
'Currently we have finished developing an information kit designed to help educate and inform disadvantaged communities while assisting them to do as much as they can in their own legal matter.
'We also aim to help LGBTI people to know and exercise what legal rights they already have and research into possible areas where law reform is possible.'
The ICLC itself is a respected community legal centre based in Sydney's Kings Cross, offering legal advice to anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.
Legal advice is free and available on week nights via appointment with a dedicated team of volunteer solicitors. More information can be found at the ICLC website, here.