Lack of documentation is an effective factor increasing the vulnerability of the displaced populations of concern by limiting access to their rights, including freedom of movement, marriage/divorce, education, benefitting from humanitarian assistance and often access to areas of origin. Legal aid is the provision of assistance to people who are unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system. Legal aid is regarded as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, the right to counsel and the right to a fair trial.
In partnership with UN agencies, our legal teams strive to create a favorable protection environment for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnee families by facilitating access to basic services and promoting community-based protection interventions through legal aid counseling and individual case support. The legal aid services includes legal counselling, legal awareness sessions, and direct legal representation at courts and at governmental offices. Through legal awareness sessions, teams aim to raise awareness among populations of concern on their rights, access to justice and identify further specific legal needs. In addition, our teams advocate for rights of IDPs to return and highlight challenges faced at the coordination forums.