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Purvi & Chuck: Community Lawyering

Joseph Phelan, Organizing Upgrade,

Joseph Phelan of Organizing Upgrade sat down with Purvi Shah and Chuck Elsesser of the Community Justice Project based at Florida Legal Services in Miami in early April to discuss the role of lawyers in grassroots organizing, social movements, and building another world. The Community Justice Project was founded in 2008 to provide legal support…

Power with: Practice Models for Social Justice Lawyering

Michael Grinthal,

This resource is from the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, Volume 15, 2011, pg. 25-66. Public interest lawyers seeking justice for marginalized groups cannot succeed by working alone. Meaningful social change occurs when marginalized and dispersed peoples unite and organize to take power into their own hands. Such groups benefit greatly…

Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide (French)

Rachael Knight, Marena Brinkhurst, Jaron Vogelsang, and Namati's Community Land Protection partner organizations,

This resource, Guide des Facilitateurs de la Protection des Terres Communautaires, is the French version of the Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide. The English version can be found here. Namati’s Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates working to help communities protect their customary claims and rights to…

Promoting Greater Protection for Environmental Defenders

United Nations Environment ,

This policy proposes how UN Environment can promote greater protection for individuals and groups who are defending their environmental rights, and identifies solutions to mitigate the abuse of environmental rights which affects a growing number of people in many parts of the world.

Birth Registration in Emergencies: A Review of Best Practices in Humanitarian Action

Plan International ,

Registering a birth is the first legal acknowledgement of a child’s existence; without proof of identity a child is invisible to the authorities. In many countries a birth certificate is a key document to gain access to basic services and to exercise fundamental human rights. In emergency situations, a child´s vulnerability to abuse is very…

Update on Marriage Registration for Refugees from Syria: Understanding the Procedures and Identifying the Challenges Faced by Refugees when Registering Marriages in Lebanon

Norwegian Refugee Council ,

This update provides an overview of the legal requirements for getting married and for marriage registration, particularly as it affects refugees in Lebanon.

Child Protection Issue Brief: Birth Registration

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),

This briefing note outlines key actions that can be taken by UNCHR and its partners to ensure access to birth registration for all children.

Midcourse Manoeuvres: Community Strategies and Remedies for Natural Resource Conflicts in India

Centre for Policy Research (CPR) - Namati Environmental Justice Program,

This study is an attempt to understand the lived experience of people affected by land use change and related conflicts. Equally, if not more importantly, this research seeks to analyse what affected people do when such conflicts arise. What are the strategies they adopt and what kinds of remedies do they seek? Further, what drives…

BRiE Toolkit

Plan International ,

The BRiE toolkit will support the preparation, analysis, design, and testing of birth registration interventions pre and post emergency. By completing all the toolkit steps, you will walk away with a community-based BRIE model that is proven and ready for scale.

Addressing the Risk of Statelessness in Chile: From Strategic Litigation to #Chilereconoce

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, Delfina Lawson, Macarena Rodriguez ,

Following a flawed interpretation of nationality requirements in the Constitution, between 1995 and 2014 the State of Chile denied nationality to at least 4,000 children born in the country, based solely on their parents’ irregular migratory status. This brief describes the litigation process, and some of the challenges that still remain in Chile for the complete eradication of statelessness. 

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

Introduction When a diamond mining company closed its operations in Mofuwe Village, in the south of Sierra Leone, it left behind three mined-out pits the size of several football pitches, a collapsed bridge, a blocked stream and an uncompleted community school building. It was as if the villagers woke up one morning and the company…

New book on protecting community lands and resources in Africa from Namati and Natural Justice

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. The symposium illuminated many similarities between the types of threats to communities’ land and natural resource claims, as well as underlying factors that drive and exacerbate…

‘I just need my freedom’

Posted by AdvocAid & IRIN in Community Paralegals, Gender

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…

Using paralegals to fight forced early marriage in Sierra Leone

Posted by Daniel Sesay in Community Paralegals

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…

OpEd: A Citizenship Sea-Change in Bangladesh

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Citizenship

The Daily Star in Bangladesh printed an OpEd by Namati’s friend Bremen Donovan to coincide with a conference on Statelessness attended by Namati and its partner the Council of Minorities. It is one of the first times the wider Bengali public have been exposed to the work of paralegals from the Urdu-speaking community. The OpED…