Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

May 18, 2015

Paralegal Workshop in Myanmar

by Khin Htet Wai in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources, Opportunities BKD_20140426_Burma_Namati_2033

On Tuesday May 18th, Namati is hosting a paralegal workshop in Yangon, Myanmar. The workshop is focused on a series of very practical discussions around paralegal implementation. The workshop will also provide a forum for legal empowerment practitioners to exchange their experiences working as paralegals. It will be an opportunity to share best practices, discuss a variety of approaches and develop ideas…

March 20, 2015

How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone

by Marina Ilminska & Zaza Namoradze in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Published in the Open Society Foundations’ Voices blog, Marina Ilminska and Zaza Namoradze look at what can be learned from the successes of Namati’s parters, Timap for Justice, delivering access to justice in Sierra Leone. Blog post: How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone   This paper explores the range…

December 19, 2014

‘I just need my freedom’

by AdvocAid & IRIN in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Multimedia Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 14.53.05

This moving documentary by IRIN follows the work of Marvel and Victoria, two paralegals working for Namati’s partner AdvocAid in Sierra Leone. It illustrates the harsh reality of life for many women in Sierra Leone who come into contact with the police and the prison system. Marvel and Victoria bring hope to those suffering arbitrary…

December 9, 2014

Using paralegals to fight forced early marriage in Sierra Leone

by Daniel Sesay in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates AWA2013006Z45-01v4

Early and forced marriage continues to be a widespread and serious problem in post-war Sierra Leone, especially in rural areas. It has become a common practice that abuses the rights of children and girls. Early marriage, also known as child marriage, is the marriage of someone before the age of 18 years. Such marriages are…

November 1, 2014

Legal Aid: Not a Form of Welfare

by Frederick Wilmot-Smith in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 16.37.55

Frederick Wilmot-Smith, a fellow in law at All Souls College, Oxford, makes the case for legal aid in the London Review of Books: “A society without access to justice defaults on Magna Carta” Read more at http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n21/frederick-wilmot-smith/necessity-or-ideology

October 9, 2014

Kenya’s Prison Paralegals at the Frontline of Justice

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Australia’s ABC News has captured the groundbreaking work of network member Kituo cha Sheria in the prison system in Kenya. The programme, Foreign Correspondent, shows prisoner paralegals working to bring justice for those wrongly imprisoned – often without trial.

October 7, 2014

ABC News on Kenya’s Prison Paralegals

by ABC News in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Multimedia

Australia’s ABC News has captured the groundbreaking work of network member Kituo cha Sheria in the prison system in Kenya. The program, Foreign Correspondent, shows prisoner paralegals working to bring justice for those wrongly imprisoned – often without trial. Kituo’s Aimee Ongeso told the film-makers: “It is very challenging to go into areas that are…

September 30, 2014

Namati’s Paralegals at Work

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Health, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Women

We have produced a brochure about the impact of our work around the world. It features photographs of the paralegals who are making a difference to some of the world’s great justice issues.

September 10, 2014

Namati Photo Exhibition Opening in London Gallery

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

The Turning Towards Justice photo exhibition is opening in the Print House Gallery in Dalston, London on September 11.

September 8, 2014

Why Paralegals & Why Scale Up?

by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Sonkita Conteh, Namati’s program director in Sierra Leone, explaining our community-based approach to growing and developing national justice services at the International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.