Access to Justice
The Human Rights program aims to empower rural communities of Panama Este and the Darien Province of Panama to overcome obstacles that impede access to justice through legal counsel and educational workshops. By mobilizing student volunteers to connect with these communities on a family-by-family basis, the team intends to develop a sustainable legal support system in the region to decrease the number of unresolved legal cases over time. Legal action in securing child support for a single mother and other domestic cases addressed in Human Rights Brigades will contribute to the economic stability of numerous families.
Legal Support Through Brigades
Currently, the region suffers from a lack of familiarity of legal procedures, an over-reliance on verbal agreements and poor record keeping; which result in a high number of unresolved legal cases in Global Brigades communities. In order to mitigate the effects of these barriers to justice, the Human Rights program has four main brigade activities: educational workshops and cultural exchanges alongside community-wide legal clinics and family-specific case support.
These components respond to the communities´ need for accessible legal resources, knowledge of legal procedure, and a bridge between customary practices and state legal procedure. By addressing these needs, the program will arm the communities with the tools to overcome barriers to access to justice and leave them with a culture of legal consciousness, and thereby contribute to decreasing the number of unresolved legal cases in the Provinces of Panama Este and Darien, Panama.
HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG FEED | view all articles
Invitation to GB’s National Leadership Conference at UC Berkeley – August 9-11June 10, 2013
Is your chapter sending a representative to this year’s leadership conference? If not, NOW IS THE TIME! If you are a campus chairperson, brigade president, or are considering leading a brigade in the future, this conference is for you! The conference is free and Global Brigades [...]
Official Global Brigades Store is Live!June 10, 2013
Check out the official GB store! It features soft, lightweight, eco-conscious apparel that you will want to wear everyday. It can also be used as an excellent fundraising tool for you and your chapter (use the contact form on the store to inquire) Click here: http://bit.ly/16L4zEt [...]
New Global Brigades Sustainable Apparel Store!April 16, 2013
Announcing the launch of the Global Brigades Sustainable Apparel Web Store! Help build awareness for your club with customizable t-shirts (with your school name) that are made in a socially conscious manner with organic cotton and recycled material. There are also t-shirts available at cos [...]