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Children’s Legal Defense Center

Hargeisa, Somaliland
Joined June 2021

Putting human rights into action to get children home.

Presence in: Somaliland
Focus: Criminal Justice, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice

WHO WE ARE: The Children’s Legal Defense Center is a nonprofit legal assistance organization based in Hargeisa, Somaliland that defends wrongfully and unjustly imprisoned children.

WHAT WE DO: We take the written law and make its protections a reality by providing legal assistance and criminal defense to imprisoned children and their families.

HOW WE DO IT: Our work is underpinned by the legal empowerment approach. We assist our clients and their families to know the law, how it applies to their situation, and work with them to use it in their cases. This is not just about teaching people their rights. It is about working alongside those who society marginalizes and disfavors, like children accused of crimes, to ensure they receive the protection of the law.

WHY WE DO IT: Defending children helps get them out of prison cells and back home where they belong. It fights poverty by allowing them to return to school and later become productive members of society. It advances human rights by ensuring the vulnerable enjoy the full protection of the law. It is the right thing to do.

People Associated With This Organization

Caitlin Lambert

Children’s Legal Defense Center
Joined February 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Education, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice
Caitlin works in Somaliland to advance justice in the criminal legal system.

Idiris Mohamed

Children’s Legal Defense Center
Joined December 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
I'm Idiris Abdi Mohamed, I live in Hargeisa Somaliland, I'm Senior Paralegal at Horizon Institute,a Somaliland NGO working to advance access to justice and the rule of law through research, institution building and legal empowerment.

At Horizon, he leads a group of paralegals working to assist persons in police and prison detention. They are working to promote systematic change in Somaliland’s criminal justice system through empowering people who are detained in police stations and prisons and their families to gain justice. Paralegals work directly with detained persons and their families to know and use the legal protections afforded by Somaliland’s laws. Horizon is harnessing the knowledge gained from assisting thousands of individuals to push for systematic changes that will create a criminal justice system that is more accountable to the people it serves.

Before joining Horizon, Idiris was General lawyer in the courts of Somaliland and worked for many International Organizations and Local NGOs. He holds an MA in International Of International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Hargeisa, a LLB in law University Hargeisa School of Law.
Caitlin Lambert is the network champion (main point of contact) for Children’s Legal Defense Center.

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