The volunteer organization Not In My City (NIMC) was founded by Canadian Country Music Artist Paul Brandt. NIMC targets sexual exploitation and human trafficking in specific locations in Canada. One of the goals of the organization is to make it harder for individuals to use cyberspace for the illegal purposes of human trafficking, sharing child pornography, etc. NIMC recognizes that many jurisdictions are currently struggling to keep up with the ever-changing nature of technology, especially in regard to the internet and social media/hosting platforms. Left unchecked, these platforms have allowed those who seek to abuse vulnerable persons and profit from human trafficking a virtual space to do so, most dangerously through the uploading and sharing of child pornography.
Students on this project will work together to research the role of telecommunications law and the regulatory regime in deterring cyber communications that allow for human trafficking to operate. They will work with the Supervising Lawyer and members of NIMC to review domestic and international legislation, identify distinctions and contrast other jurisdictional law with that of Canadian legislation, and to identify changes that could be advocated for at the federal and possibly provincial level by NIMC.
“Technology often advances ahead of the law, with dangerous and harmful consequences. Not In My City does important work to improve our laws and fight human trafficking in the 21st century, and being involved on this project means that you are playing an active role in this necessary movement.”Heather Taskey, 2L
Number of Students and Prerequisites
– 5 student volunteers, 1 Project Lead
– First year law students are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to upper year law students
– Completion of Legislation and/or Administrative Law is an asset
Area of Law
– Administrative Law
– Internet Law
– Human Rights Law
– Delivery of legal information through policy research memos
– Legal research and writing on law reform
Legal Research and Writing Project
Timeline and Time Commitment
Student volunteers on this project are expected to volunteer from October 2020 to March 2021 (excluding December 2020). PBSC students are expected to volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Additional hours are at the students’ discretion. Overall, all PBSC projects are easily manageable alongside academic demands.
All training for this project is schedule and provided by PBSC Calgary and the organization. This training will take place in September-October 2020, and will not conflict with students’ course schedules.
In addition to NIMC’s specific training, the following PBSC training sessions are mandatory to volunteer on this project:
– PBSC Process Overview
– PBSC Ethics and Professional Responsibility Training
– PBSC Anti-Oppression Training
– Westlaw Research Strategies Training
Specific dates and times will be provided once volunteers are placed on their respective projects.
COVID-19 Contingency Plan
Student volunteers on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project. The possibility of in-person work, training sessions, and meetings is subject to directives from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and Alberta’s public health authority.
How to Apply?
Applications for the 2020/2021 year are now closed. The application deadline for the 2021/2022 cycle will become available August 2021.