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The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse welcomes two new members and confirms the diversity of its membership

Montréal, December 11, 2018 — Two new part-time members of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse were sworn in today. Anne-Marie Santorineos, a lawyer specializing in human rights, and Marie-Laure Leclercq, a trans lawyer advocating for LGBTQ2+ people's rights, will begin their mandate on Friday, December 14.

"We are very pleased to welcome these new members whose undeniable expertise in the Commission's matters complements the diversity and expertise we already have around the table," said Philippe-André Tessier, interim President of the Commission.

Anne-Marie Santorineos, a graduate in law and communications science, is currently the legal drafting coordinator at SOQUIJ and was a lawyer at the Québec Human Rights Tribunal. Her master's thesis focused on access to justice in human rights matters. She has also been involved in various research projects on topics including freedom of religion, reasonable accommodation and the right to equality.

Marie Laure Leclercq studied engineering, law and business administration and has been working for De Granpré Chait since 1996. Since her transition as a trans person in 2000, she has been involved as a volunteer in the advancement of human rights, particularly within the LGBTQ2+ community. She has delivered several conferences on diversity in the workplace to private firms and law schools as well as in international events such as the Global Workplace Summit in London in 2012. Ms. Leclercq was also appointed Governor of Fondation Émergence in 2017.

With these two appointments, ten of the thirteen Commission members' positions are now filled. "We are very proud to be able to count on such a diversified Commission," commented Mr. Tessier. The members of the Commission come from several groups targeted by the Commission's programmes and actions: ethnic minorities, racial minorities, people with disabilities, indigenous people, LGBTQ2+. "Their fields of expertise and origin are also very diverse, with people coming from the legal field, but also from the community, academia, education, and private sectors" added Philippe-André Tessier.

The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Human Rights and Youth Commission) ensures the promotion and respect of the principles set out in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. It also ensures that the interests of children are protected and that their rights recognized in the Youth Protection Act are respected and promoted. In addition, the Commission oversees compliance with the Act respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies.

Meissoon Azzaria
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