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Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined April 2012
Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

BLAST is one of the leading legal services organizations in Bangladesh, and the only one that provides access to legal aid across the spectrum, from the frontlines of the formal justice system to the apex court. It prioritises support to women, men and children living in poverty or facing disadvantage or discrimination. It also provides legal aid, advice and representation across a range of areas, including civil, criminal, family, labour and land law, as well as on constitutional rights and remedies, providing access to judicial remedies alongside alternative dispute resolution wherever appropriate. Alongside individual legal aid, BLAST undertakes strategic litigation, or public interest litigation, as a key part of its advocacy for law and policy reforms to ensure effective legal protection of rights.

Currently operating in 19 districts across the country, BLAST works through its staff lawyers (and paralegals and researchers) at headquarters and in each district unit, in collaboration with its enlisted panel of about 2300 lawyers across the country who provide legal redress to clients on a pro bono basis, with a nominal honorarium. A panel of lawyers practicing in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh also undertakes litigation and advocacy on law and policy reform.

People Associated With This Organization

Amir Khasru

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust... (Unverified)
Joined April 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services
I am a law graduate. Being an advocate, I am practicing my legal knowledge with a view to paving the way to access to justice for all especially for marginalized and minority communities. Human history is the history of struggle for rights and justice. Maintaining the legacy, I believe in the globally coordinated approach of human rights movement. Let's walk together for humanity and better future world!

Habiba Islam Shifat

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined April 2016
Interests: Environmental Justice, Governance
I am a Advocacy Officer and the project Coordinator of "Effective Participation for Transparent and Accountable Local Governance Project".
I am a founder of Justicia which is creating an index for the Female Lawyer in Bangladesh.
I am also part of International Youth Action Against Terrorism (IYAAT) in Bangladesh Chapter.
I am an organizer of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) event in Bangladesh since 2011.

MAHBUBA AKHTER

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined July 2019
Interests: Gender-based violence
Mahbuba Akhter, working as a Deputy Director, Advocacy and Communication, BLAST, which is one of the largest legal services organizations in Bangladesh, operating in over twenty five districts.
BLAST is working to establish a society based on the rule of law by enabling access to justice for poor people, particularly the marginalised and vulnerable. As a Deputy Director (Advocacy and Communication) of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), I am supervising and directing the implementation of Advocacy activities; maintain liaison with the government, partners and with the civil society organizations. Also I maintain a close network with government and Media.

Maksudur Rahman Bhuiyan

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined February 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Traditional / Customary Justice
I'am a librarian of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust in Bangladesh.
BLAST is one of the leading legal services organizations in Bangladesh, and the only one that provides access to legal aid across the spectrum, from the frontlines of the formal justice system to the apex cour.

Md. Tajul Islam

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust... (Unverified)
Joined October 2012
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
Md. Tajul Islam completed his Masters in Laws with Honors’ from Rajshahi University of Bangladesh. He has also an advanced Masters with research in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Dhaka University in collaboration with Virginia State University, USA. His research thesis is focused on Gender and Crime. Currently he is working with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) as Adviser (Advocacy and Capacity Building). Mr. Islam has seventeen years of experience with BRAC, Nagorik Uddyog, BNWLA, CIDA, UNDP and DFID on access to justice, community justice, gender justice, legal empowerment and human rights. He has developed a good number of module and curriculum for various levels of learners on Gender Relation Analysis (GRA), Domestic Violence, Child Rights, Human Rights in General, Paralegal, Community Mediation, Human Rights Project Management. In addition, he has extensive experience in research on vulnerability, exclusion and discrimination as well as access to justice and legal empowerment.

Mostofa Md. Mostofa Zamil

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined September 2016
Deputy Director (Programme) of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

Najrana Imaan

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined April 2016
Interests: Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Other
Lawyer and human rights activist, currently working as Coordinator, Research and Documentation at Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), a legal rights NGO in Bangladesh.

Sadia Afrin Khan

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust... (Unverified)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Gender-based violence, Other
Being a LLB graduate, I always wanted to work for assuring rights of the marginalized people, who suffer to ensure their fundamental rights. I am currently working as a training and advocacy officer at Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) in a project which mainly focuses on the development of the gender diverse group. I work closely with them and have a better understanding about these kinds of sensitive issues. The main part of my job includes organizing training programmes and advocacy seminars, conducting trainings, reporting and maintaining the evaluation report, communicating with the donors and the beneficiaries and documenting case studies.
I have completed my LLB from University of London and did a post graduate diploma in International Relations from University of Dhaka. I have received training in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and I recently received a training on Feminism and Legal Theory organized by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. I am also a certified accredited mediator in Civil and Commercial matters by ADR ODR International and hold a good skill at mediation and negotiation.
I am good at research and can analyze a huge amount of data within a short period of time. Being a law graduate, I have a good command over public speaking and conferencing. I have good inter personal skills and can communicate with people promptly. I am good at critical thinking and analysis, as I regularly work in challenging fields like gender diverse community people.

Saila Yesmin

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust... (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
I am working at Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust as a Litigation Coordinator and also a practicing lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. As I am a lawyer and working in a human right organization my main responsibility is to ensure human rights and protection to the different survivors especially to the victims of gender violence, sexual violence, sexual minority, etc. I support in outreach community and minority women face gender-based violence with advice, counseling, filing and conducting litigation and developing case strategies, investigation, mediation, ensuring legal aid support and providing capacity support pertaining to human rights for the victims and survivors. My motivation toward joining the network is to gain an insight into the experiences of other countries on legal empowerment, study the various tools and techniques and the process of documentation of litigation and demonstration evidence of policy initiatives to build a national human right framework.

Salwa Jahan Nabila

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined March 2019
I work as a Research and Grants Development Officer at BLAST

Saraban Tahura Zaman

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined March 2016
Interests: Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Peace-building
Saraban Tahura Zaman is young human rights lawyer and founder of JUSTICIA Network. She is currently serving as Researcher at Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST). She has completed her LL.M. (Masters) and LL.B. (Honors) from University of Dhaka and enrolled as an Advocate at Dhaka Bar Council, Bangladesh. She envisions that, JUSTICIA network will work as a strong platform for women legal professionals and law students (preferably female) and help them to be empowered. Also pioneering the idea and advocacy of “pro-gender lawyering” under JUSTICIA network. She strongly believes that equality and empowering women from legal sector is the way that can accelerate the process of social justice.

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Mostofa Md. Mostofa Zamil is the network champion (main point of contact) for Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST).

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