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NEW for 2021: Free Legal Action Workshops announced

For Spring - Summer 2021, EQUAL is delighted to announce it will be partnering with civil liberties organisation, Liberty, to launch a series of free, Legal Action workshops specifically for organisations working with BAME, Muslim and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Legal action details with a black background and Liberty and equal logos


From start dates across March - July 2021, our expert-led workshops will run across 4 days, helping to develop participants’ confidence in using various legal and strategic tools to reduce disproportionality and bring about long-term systemic change.

Whilst Phase 1 of the workshops will provide attendees with an introduction to Legal Action, Phase 2 (further details to be announced) will involve applying the learning from Phase 1 to effect a strategic systemic change. On completion of workshops, attendees will be invited to form part of a working group.

What will they cover?

We hope that by the end of the workshops, attending organisations will feel confident to scrutinise decisions, challenge disproportionality and support race equality strategically across all areas of policy and practice. Attendees will look at:

  • The key drivers of racial disparities in the CJS.

  • Issues of trust and mistrust for BAME, Muslim and GRT communities across the CJS.

  • How to identify the various legal tools available to challenge racial disparities and explore examples where they’ve been successfully used to further race equality.

  • The relationship between confidence and strategic leadership, and the links between leadership and meeting organisational priorities.

  • How to effect change/influence policy to enact longlasting change.

Course dates are as follows:
  • 24TH MAY - 27TH MAY

  • 28TH JUNE - 1ST JULY

  • 26TH JULY - 29TH JULY

Interested? Please register your organisation here or contact

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Be a small civil society organisation, working specifically with BAME, GRT and Muslim communities.
  • Be running projects, frontline engagement and/or policy work to support BAME, GRT and Muslim people affected by the inequalities of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Have an annual income of less than £500k

This brand new project has been made possible with kind support from AB Charitable trust, and the Baring Foundation, as well as input from Maslaha and the Criminal Justice Alliance.

Help share the project - download the Legal Action Information Pack and graphics for social media!

About Liberty

Liberty challenges injustice, defends freedom and campaigns to make sure everyone in the UK is treated fairly. Founded in 1934, it is one of the UK’s largest civil liberties organisation, with more than 10,500 members and supporters. They have recently been campaigning on issues around the Coronavirus Act, Gypsy Roma and Traveller rights and Facial recognition technology.

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