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Bajo la Ley de Liderazgo de los EEUU contra el VIH/SIDA, la Tuberculosis y la Malaria ("Leadership Act"), las organizaciones con sede en ese país que reciben fondos públicos para su trabajo de prevención del VIH para salvar vidas en el exterior están obligadas a oponerse a la prostitución. El 23 de julio de 2007, USAID y el Ministerio de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los EEUU (U.S.

Under the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act ("Leadership Act"), U.S. based organizations receiving funding for life-saving HIV prevention work abroad were required to pledge their opposition to prostitution.  Furthermore, on 23 July 2007, USAID and the U.S.

Jeannine Godin vivía en condiciones de pobreza y dependía de la asistencia social. El Ministerio de Salud y Servicios Sociales tenía la custodia de sus tres hijos por seis meses y solicitaba extender el plazo por otros seis meses. Godin solicitó asesoramiento jurídico gratuito para que un abogado la represente en la audiencia, pero le fue denegado, porque tal asesoramiento no estaba previsto para casos de custodia temporaria.

En 1994, se aprobó la Agriculture Labour Relations Act (ALRA, Ley de Relaciones Laborales del Sector de la Agricultura) para incluir a los trabajadores del sector en el régimen de relaciones laborales de la provincia de Ontario. Un año después, el flamante gobierno conservador anuló la ALRA.

Jeannine Godin lived in poverty and relied on social assistance.  The Minister of Health and Social Services had been granted custody of her three children for six months, and was applying to extend this for another six months.  She applied to legal aid for a lawyer to represent her at the hearing but was denied because legal aid did not cover temporary custody hearings.  She applied to the court for an order that funds be provided for a lawyer and asked for a declaration that the restricted eligibility for legal aid violated her rights to life, liberty and security of the person under s.

In 1994 the Agriculture Labour Relations Act (ALRA) was passed to include agricultural workers in the Province of Ontario's labour relations regime.  One year later a newly elected Conservative government repealed the ALRA.  The Appellants challenged both the repeal of the ALRA and the exclusion of agricultural workers from the Labour Relations Act (LRA) as an infringement of the rights of agricultural workers to associate under section 2(d) of the Canadian Charter.  They also alleged discrimination against a vulnerable class of workers, in violation of the right to equali