Emily van der Meulen

Emily van der Meulen joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2020. She is a professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University, where she conducts participatory research on drug policy, harm reduction, prison health, sex work, and surveillance. She has published extensively in these areas, and has twice won Ryerson Faculty of Arts research awards.

Among her current projects is a study on the ways in which anti-trafficking policy is made and shaped through narratives of white saviourhood and fantasises of ‘rescue’, and another that traces how biometric technologies can reinforce existing embodied inequities, especially with regard to race, gender, and disability.

Emily is a long-time supporter of the Legal Network, and has worked with the organization on research related to prison-based needle and syringe programs and the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.

She also has over 20 years of experience on various boards of directors, steering committees, and activist groups in the areas of sex work, HIV, prisoner justice, reproductive justice, and more.

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