Legal Aid & Social Justice

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The violation of one right leads to a number of other rights violation, this means that when a minor get pregnant, this leads to the violation of many of her rights, the child that she bears, her family and the chain continues until this impacts negatively the whole society and the country at large. In this program we aim at bringing justice, not only in legal forms but also in the families by establishing a sense of normalcy and not inflict upon our beneficiaries the pain of becoming outcasts and a shame in their communities.

The violation of one right leads to a number of other rights violation, this means that when a minor get pregnant, this leads to the violation of many of her rights, the child that she bears, her family and the chain continues until this impacts negatively the whole society and the country at large. In this program we aim at bringing justice, not only in legal forms but also in the families by establishing a sense of normalcy and not inflict upon our beneficiaries the pain of becoming outcasts and a shame in their communities.

The legal aid program at Hope for Rwanda uses out of court settlement methods of dispute resolution between the teen mothers and the men who are suspected to be the fathers of the kids as we have no punitive except through other partnership like with the National Police’s department of gender based violence and other stakeholders. And because not all teenagers received have enough information on the process of bringing the instigators of situation to justice on time, there are no tangible evidences to prosecute that man for rape. It is on this very note that we offer mediation to the parties, conciliation among other methods of justice which may bring us to the common understanding with both parties. If all the non-judicial processes fails, we assist the teen mother to deposit a statement and provide her with court’s assistance (free lawyers) if needed. 

Process

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Legal Aid Clinic

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Case building

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Legal Consultation

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Legal Advise & Mediation

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Advocacy and Courts

Results

Most cases we have received are cases of paternity denial, alimony, rape, sexual abuse, other forms of Gender based violence, ostracism, property related cases, physical abuse etc…  Our legal Aid and social justice program provided teen mothers with advises, and supported those who required special legal support to get justice. 

Cases of paternity resolved

Legal Aid clinics

Training organized

Report a case of Gender Based Violence