How can paralegals and other community-based practitioners tackle the citizenship rights or documentation challenges faced by more than one billion people across the globe?
That’s the question “A Community-based Practitioner’s Guide: Documenting Citizenship and Other Forms of Legal Identity” is attempting to answer.
The guide, published this week by Namati and OSJI and developed in cooperation with UNHCR, draws from the experience of legal empowerment practitioners in more than 24 countries. The guide includes advice on determining whether a paralegal approach might be most appropriate in your context, tips on building the right paralegal team, suggested processes for developing case forms and other data collection tools, and a call for the community-based experience to inform national-level policy change efforts.
It’s designed for practitioners who may be considering adopting a legal empowerment approach to respond to citizenship rights challenges, or for those already working with paralegals who want to incorporate new lessons to enhance implementation.
Each chapter includes citizenship-related case studies to illustrate the best practices from organizations around the world, as well as links to related resources if you want to learn more on a particular topic.
You can download the PDF here:Many members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network contributed their insights, experiences, and tools in the development of this guide and we encourage you to interact with your fellow network members about their work and the guide! Ask @lalitaY from ADRA Thailand how they built the capacity of chiefs to speed up the processing of nationality applications. Check out the sample DHRRA Malaysia counseling guide shared by @maaliniramalo. Find out about advocacy strategies that worked well for @Lore at Haki Centre in Kenya, or for @lieslheila at Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa.
Tell us the methods you have found effective in the process of developing your paralegal program on citizenship. Share what struck you about one of the case studies. Seek advice on a challenge you currently face in your work. Suggest an additional tool we can include as we build an online resource guide to accompany the publication.
We thank all the contributors (many of whom are mentioned below) for their help in developing this guide, and we look forward to further collaboration as we disseminate the guide and continue the conversation on using legal empowerment to promote citizenship and legal identity documentation around the globe.
@hegemo, @SabinShrestha, @lalitaY, @mayelinabreu, @mustafa_mahmoud, @sumaiya_islam, @laurabingham, @lauraparker, @tomdixon, @zia, @urdu, @amani, @amosmwachi, @andrewochola, @hemed, @amoory, @mwanatumu, @kasida_abdul, @nasteha, @samba, @falubbe, @lieslheila, @goce_kocevski, @fernando, @makkahyusuf, @derrcy, @jamaldinyahya, @jasminamikovic, @shaila, @mukhtar, @tomdixon