Legal identity documents such as birth certificates and ID cards are important for many reasons - and legal identity is often deemed a “gateway” right. The documents can be used to prove nationality, enforce other rights (proof of age to prevent child marriage), or access services and entitlements (health, education, mobile phones, bank accounts, and loans), among many other uses.
Beyond citizenship-focused programs, legal identity documents may be needed to resolve client cases or achieve larger goals in other thematic areas. A National Registration Card is one requirement for land registration in Myanmar, for example.
Have paralegals or other legal aid services providers in your programs - working on rights enforcement cases, land rights issues, access to health services, or other justice issues - assisted clients with obtaining legal identity documents as one step in solving another case?
If so, in which kinds of cases is this initial step most often needed? How prevalent is assistance with legal identity papers among your programs’ cases? Do the legal service providers in your program receive any training specific to legal identity or citizenship rights?