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Brief on the Importance of Legal Aid in HIV Prevention and Treatment

Open Society Foundations,

For criminalized populations such as drug users, sex workers, and men who have sex with men, difficulties with the legal system impose a substantial barrier to HIV prevention and treatment. In multiple countries, HIV prevention programs have documented police harassment at methadone and needle exchange sites, prosecution for possession of sterile injection paraphernalia, and detention or police questioning as…

Social Assistance: A Reference Guide For Paralegals

Penny Morrell, Ratula Beukman, Black Sash: Making Human Rights Real,

This reference guide is part of a series of Black Sash guides for paralegals and other people and organizations who provide advice regarding people’s socio-economic rights. It draws on the Black Sash’s extensive experience of assisting people with difficulties in accessing social assistance – with a view to enriching your understanding of this area of…

Prison Legal Aid Clinics in West Bengal: Bringing Justice Closer?

Amrita Paul, Madhurima Dhanuka, Commonwealth Human Rights Institute,

This report highlights the lack of uniformity in the functioning of legal aid clinics across correctional homes in West Bengal and urges for issuance of guidelines and procedures to streamline their operations. It is a comparative study of different models of legal aid clinics that operate at present in six correctional homes. The lack of…

Manual For Paralegal Volunteers

Jharkhand State Legal Services Authority (JHALSA),

The Access to Justice Project for Marginalized Persons has been implemented by Department of justice and United Nations Development Programme. The key interventions of the Project have been in the field of legal awareness, legal aid and empowerment of the marginalized communities and judicial reform through technical support provided to the National Mission on Justice…

SMS for Justice: Women Demand Access to Vital Services in Delhi

Nazdeek, ICAAD,

To address gaps in the delivery of basic services related to women’s health, adequate housing, food and nutrition, and water and sanitation across slums in Delhi, Nazdeek and ICAAD have developed and implemented “SMS for Justice,” a project that combines legal education and community-reporting through technology. To ensure access to these key health determinants, the…

Access to Justice: Evaluating the Law, Health and Human Rights Programmes in Kenya

Sofia Gruskin, Kelly Safreed-Harmon, Tamar Ezer, Anne Gathumbi, Jonathan Cohen, Patricia Kameri-Mbote,

In Kenya, human rights violations have a marked impact on the health of people living with HIV. Integrating legal literacy and legal services into healthcare appears to be an effective strategy to empower vulnerable groups and address underlying determinants of health. Legal empowerment programmes have the potential to promote accountability, reduce stigma and discrimination and contribute…

Accountability in the Delivery of Maternal and Infant Health Services: Nazdeek’s Approach to Fight Maternal and Infant Mortality

Francesca Feruglio,

This is an article written by one of Nazdeek’s co-founders on the mobile reporting project launched in Assam, India. Nazdeek is a legal empowerment organisation based in Delhi, India. Nazdeek works with communities in Delhi and Assam (north-east India) to demand accountability in the delivery of essential services, including maternal health care, housing and food. The…

In India, Women Are Using Their Phones To Tackle Inequality

Sutirtha Sahariah,

This article profiles one of Nazdeek’s paralegals, Pooja, who has been working to improve access to health and nutrition in Bhim Nagar, New Delhi through the SMS  project. The project trains women who live in slums to become paralegals, so they can represent others who are being denied their rights. 

The Critical Characteristics of Community Legal Aid Clinics in Ontario

Lenny Abramowicz,

Community Legal Aid Clinics have been in existence in Ontario for 30 years. Ontario’s clinic system has been applauded by international observers of the legal aid landscape. Administrators of legal aid programs from around the world regularly come to Ontario to study the clinic system. At a time when legal aid services in most jurisdictions…

Case Tracking Form – Environmental Justice in India

Namati - Centre for Policy Research,

This downloadable resource is a community paralegal case management form for tracking individual environmental justice cases in India.

New Handbook for Environment Justice Practitioners in India

Posted by Namati in Environment

Handbook on Legal and Administrative Remedies for Community Level Environment Justice Practitioners in India   The Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program has produced an indispensable new handbook that helps environment justice practitioners in India to identify and use appropriate legal clauses and institutional routes in their work.  Environment justice practitioners, or grassroots environment paralegals,…

Groundtruthing – A Journey from Law to Environmental Justice

Posted by Vivek Trivedi in General

“The community actually said that the ‘air is so bad and the water is so bad that we can neither cook nor make tea.’” This line, sobering in its daily reality, was delivered at a recent webinar entitled Building Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance, by Kanchi Kohli, Legal Research Director at the CPR-Namati…

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, 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 Governance, 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…

Community Paralegals and the Legal Empowerment Approach to Statelessness

Posted by Laura Goodwin in Citizenship

Community Paralegals and the Legal Empowerment Approach to Statelessness Mohammad Javed is an Urdu-speaking entrepreneur living in the middle of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Looking to grow his business, Mohammad decided to travel to India to start importing spare auto-rickshaw parts for his own repairs and to sell to others. Yet Mohammad was…

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…

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