Problem/main challenges: Pivot Legal Society has noticed a variety of contexts in which the law creates area restrictions on activities for certain individuals. The legal advocacy human rights organization was interested in understanding how these area restrictions (i.e., locations in the city where people were not permitted to enter or access) affected marginalized communities, and whether such area restrictions created entire zones of exclusion that hindered access to healthcare and support networks.

(Map designed for Pivot Legal Society by Data for Good volunteers)

Recommendation and implementation plan: Data for Good volunteers with GIS skills designed an interactive map for Pivot Legal Society that provides a high-level view of how area exclusions created by the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA) work together to carve out areas of the city where sex workers would face increased obstacles to conducting their work.

Next steps: None to be taken.

Questions answered/impact made: Pivot Legal Society researchers were able to clearly see the geographic exclusion areas created by PCEPAThis insight and the interactive map that produced it will inform the organization’s understanding of how laws create systemic barriers for marginalized communities and strengthen their advocacy in service of decriminalizing sex work. More broadly, the organization will be able to use this example to inform further research on areas of geographic exclusion in other contexts where such exclusions can impact access to health care and social services.

Data set and tools used:  City of Vancouver data catalogue; Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre; BC Passport, places of worship; BC Muslim, prayer spaces; OGR; Python 3

Google Drive/Github of slides, deliverables, data: interactive map