Argentina – legal aid centres increase access to justice in slum beighborhoods

September 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm Leave a comment

Since 2008 the Argentinian government is experimenting with opening legal aid centres in a couple of “villas” – slum neighbourhoods. Up to now about about 40 such centres have been established and deliver legal services to immigrants, victims of domestic violence and other people in need. According to a study of the National Office for the Promotion and Strengthening of Access to Justice these centres provided assistance in more than 150 000 cases. Issuing documents to migrants, helping ex-convicts re-integrate in the society, help for battered women are some of the most frequently sought services. As one staff-member of the centres shares:

“Many of the situations can be solved by picking up the telephone.”

Read more about the legal aid centres in Argentina here.

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Argentina.

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