The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is pleased to announce the new Vice President of our Board of Directors, Hasan Alam.
Hasan is a labour and human rights lawyer at the BC General Employees’ Union (BCGEU), possessing an extensive background in social justice advocacy. He is also the Supervising Lawyer for the Archway Migrant Worker and Poverty Law Clinics.
Hasan joined the board of directors in 2018, having first contributed to the BCCLA as a summer law student. As a settler of South Asian descent, he was brought up on the unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwəteaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
In addition to his work with the BCCLA, Hasan serves as the Advisory Director for the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers of BC, a diverse coalition of legal professionals that work to promote greater equity, justice, and opportunity for the Asian community. Furthermore, Hasan is the Community Liaison for the Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline, a service he co-founded to offer free, confidential legal advice to individuals experiencing discrimination due to their Muslim faith or perceived faith.
As Vice President, Hasan will work closely with the BCCLA’s board of directors and staff to support the organization’s ongoing efforts to promote and defend the civil liberties of all people living on these unceded territories regardless of their race, gender, or status.
Hasan is taking on Vice President duties from Vanessa Wolff, the BCCLA’s longest-serving board member, who has stepped back but continues to sit on the board’s executive committee. The BCCLA thanks Hasan and Vanessa for their ongoing contributions and commitment to advancing human rights and civil liberties in Canada.