Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Violence Project

ILA is now accepting clients. If you are a survivor of sexual violence in Alberta and 18+ years old, please connect with Kayla by emailing or calling 780.784.2213.

The Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Violence project (ILA) provides free legal advice to survivors of sexual violence. A team of lawyers trained by ILA staff provides this advice, and each survivor is entitled to up to four hours of legal advice as well as attendance at legal clinics (as scheduled). ILA is open to adults (18+) of any gender who live in Alberta and experienced sexual violence in Alberta.

ILA is a trauma-informed, healing-centered service that operates primarily in Edmonton. Services may be available in Stony Plain, Morinville, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Ponoka, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Red Deer, and some Indigenous communities. This project removes barriers for survivors who are considering coming forward and empowers survivors through giving them a better understanding of their legal options.

ILA is currently recruiting and training lawyers. If you are an interested lawyer, please connect with Kayla by emailing

Quick facts:

* Sexual violence is the most under-reported crime in Canada: 95 per cent of survivors do not report their assaults to police.

* Sexual violence most often affects women and girls: 87 per cent of survivors are women and 94 per cent of perpetrators are men. 

* In 2014, 83,000 Albertans reported sexual assaults. 

* Sexual violence is a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent. It can be physical and/or non-contact, and affects all ages and genders. It is against the law.

For more information, please contact:

Kayla McLachlan - Program Coordinator

Phone: 780.784.2213  Toll Free: 866.421.1175


Kiray Jones-Mollerup - Trainer