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Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico (United States)
Joined September 2020

We accompany organizations, groups and communities in the defense of their human rights, particularly housing and just recovery. We believe that there is power in knowing your rights.

Presence in: Puerto Rico (United States)
Focus: Access to Information, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights

We are a non-profit organization that provides free and accessible legal education and support to low income individuals and communities. We accompany organizations, groups and communities in the defense of their human rights, particularly dignified housing and just recovery. We believe that there is power in knowing your rights and that social impact advocacy is a tool to promote social change. This vision is the driving force behind our work. Our programs work with Legal Empowerment and popular legal education and technologies as venues to amplify our mission. We have initiatives on Just Recovery (disaster recovery), Foreclosure and Eviction.

People Associated With This Organization

Ariadna Godreau Aubert

Puerto Rico (United States)  
Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico
Joined September 2020
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Housing & Sanitation, Other, Women's Rights
I am an activist and a human rights lawyer with a JD the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and a Masters in Law degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, UK.For the last 8 years I have worked on several access to justice initiatives, which include strategic litigation at local and international levels, popular education, and organizing movements lawyers. I am writing as the founder and Executive Director of Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico. We are a non-profit organization that provides free and accessible legal education and support to low income individuals and communities. We accompany organizations, groups and communities in the defense of their human rights, particularly dignified housing and just recovery. We believe that there is power in knowing your rights and that social impact advocacy is a tool to promote social change. This vision is the driving force behind our work. I wrote to Namati because we have been using legal workers and community paralegals (using other names, without a structure) in several efforts of legal empowerment years and decades before this organization. They are present on our environmental justice work and in the fight against police brutality. We have developed capacity among them through housing justice efforts. Yet, we lack a structure to truly have a paralegal effort that is coherent with our legal empowerment work and that truly carries out the power to transform. The vision is to inaugurate a Community Paralegal Project amplifying current efforts of legal education and capacity development. We are looking for people who have done this with success, solidarity and love.

Camilo Guadalupe Torres

Puerto Rico (United States)  
Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico
Joined April 2021
Interests: Housing & Sanitation, Policy Advocacy & Governance
I'm a community lawyer focused in the development of educational and advocacy tools and initiaves for the purpose of helping empower people and communities in their defense of housing rights. Raised in the municipality of Vieques in Puerto Rico (a bombing range polluted island abused by the military), I experience, along with my community, the injustice of not beign able to decide how to use our land and resources. Joining the Legal Empowerment Network will help me be exposed to many wonderful minds that have confront similar experience, and will help me identify new strategies to keep making the changes our communities need.

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