Please extend a huge welcome to our new staff members Dylan Mazur, Iman Baobeid, and Amrit Bhangoo! They have just joined the team this month.
Dylan Mazur joins the BCCLA as Community Lawyer in 2017. Dylan has over fifteen years of experience collaborating with diverse communities in Canada and Latin America on initiatives in the areas of human rights, mental health, and community development. Dylan articled at Community Legal Assistance Society, where he represented clients at the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the Mental Health Review Board. Dylan also worked as the Summer Law Student at the Legal Department of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc in Kamloops.
Prior to articles, Dylan served as Executive Director of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture. In Mexico, he collaborated with human rights organizations in Chiapas and Oaxaca to develop community-based psychosocial support programs for survivors of torture and political violence. In Guatemala, Dylan worked on the development of a knowledge exchange project between First Nations and Mayan communities to promote indigenous justice systems in Guatemala and British Columbia. He also collaborated with three coffee-growing communities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala to develop a community-owned and operated water, sanitation, and public health project.
Dylan holds a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Social Work from UBC.
Iman Baobeid joins the BCCLA as Outreach and Communications Coordinator while completing an MA at the Social Justice Institute at the UBC. She brings a background in outreach and communications from her previous work at the Equity & Inclusion Office at UBC, substantive volunteer experience with the BCCLA, UBC Go Global, and as a graphic designer with the “Yemen Speaks” Conflict Testimony Campaign.
Iman’s academic work centres on post-conflict nation-state transformation in Yemen where she studies the impact of legal and institutional shifts on gender relations. She’s particularly passionate about issues of migrant justice, transitional justice, Islamophobia, institutional racism in Canada, and International Humanitarian Law.
Born in Yemen, she moved to Vancouver in 2011 to pursue a BA in Sociology and Law & Society at UBC. In addition, she is an artist and storyteller, and is constantly exploring new ways to utilize art and design for social justice.
Amrit Bhangoo joins us as Case Worker Practicum Student working with community lawyer, Dylan Mazur. She is currently a third-year student at University of Northern British Columbia, ﬁnishing her Bachelor of Social Work degree. Her interests include human rights, civil liberties, social justice and advocacy work within the community. She has done advocacy work alongside the xʷmәθkʷәy̓әm (Musqueam) people concerning the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Outside of school, she enjoys fencing, biking and hanging out with her family and friends. She looks forward to being involved with all the great work that BCCLA continues to do, protecting our civil liberties and human rights in Canada!