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Global

Global


Access to Justice- Child Rights


Pro BonoHow we help:
UNICEF: We have partnered with UNICEF, the world's leading children's charity, since 2013 to support child justice around the world. Together, we work to put into place legal systems that align with international child rights standards and best practices. We focus on issues around child marriage, birth registration, transitional justice and international child protection standards. We have provided pro bono legal support to more than 20 UNICEF offices. In addition to our pro bono legal assistance, we have raised nearly US$1.8 million to support UNICEF's ‘Justice for Children’ project to help ensure that children coming into contact with the law are better served and protected.
Education: We are committed to improving educational outcomes for all children.
  • We advocate for and represent children with disabilities so that they can receive the support that they need to achieve in school.
  • We provide legal support and strategic advice to schools and NGOs in the sector.
Juvenile Justice: We engage in advocacy as well as direct representation to protect the rights of children engaged with the justice system.
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Access to Justice- Upholding the Rights of Asylum Seekers and Stateless People

Pro BonoUNHCR has found that worldwide displacement is at a record high of close to 60 million people forcibly displaced due to wars, conflict and persecution. Across the world, our lawyers are working with individuals, NGOs and intergovernmental organisations to help address this crisis.
How we help:
  • We have established legal clinics in Europe, the UK and the US to facilitate access to justice for asylum seekers and stateless people by providing individual representation.
  • We provide legal support and strategic advice to UNHCR and leading NGOs in the sector.
  • We work with UNHCR and government agencies to clarify existing laws and bring about change.
  • Through our Know Your Rights programme we empower asylum seekers by increasing their core knowledge on important legal issues, and teaching them about their rights and obligations in their host country.
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Promoting the Rule of Law

Pro BonoMany countries face particular challenges that make it more difficult for them to foster growth. These challenges are often the result of conflict or other instability and result in outdated laws, weak legal institutions and an unfriendly environment for investors. By working with under-resourced governments and others on key issues we aim to help reduce poverty and increase stability through economic growth.
How we help:
  • We assist in the drafting of laws and policies.
  • We build capacity and confidence by providing training to lawyers and judges.
  • We provide advice in key areas of law, including business, finance, human rights, environment and foreign affairs.
  • We provide training on legal ethics and access to justice.
  • We provide assistance to the G7+ Fragile Nations to assist them to strengthen their institutions and processes.
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New Perimeter

Our nonprofit affiliate provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world to support access to justice, social and economic development, and sound legal institutions. Our projects include global teams of lawyers around the world who often spend time on the ground or in-country working on the projects. Visit our New Perimeter site.

How we help:
  • We are training the next generation of lawyers in Latin America to provide pro bono legal services to those unable to afford legal counsel.
  • We collaborated with major international microfinance institutions to draft model legislation to increase consumer protections for microfinance customers.
  • We drafted desk reference manuals and delivered innovative, simulation-based workshops for magistrate judges and prosecutors in Guyana.
  • We advised Peruvian lawmakers on how to strengthen Peru’s anti-domestic violence laws.
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Americas

Americas


Serving those who serve our country

Pro Bono1.4 million US Veterans live below the federal poverty line. We are committed to providing legal and community engagement services to veterans and active duty military personnel across the United States.
How we help:
  • Our veterans support has grown from 2008 when we volunteered at our first Stand Down event in San Diego, to today as we help veterans gain access to disability benefits, records expungement, legal business advice and clinics that enable them to resolve outstanding legal issues.
  • We run legal clinics at Veteran’s Hospitals across the US.
  • Through the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans, we represent disabled veteran entrepreneurs in helping them establish and run their businesses.
  • We volunteer in homeless court, which serves homeless veterans.
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Second chances

Pro BonoDLA Piper is committed to making our criminal justice system more fair and just for everyone, including the more than 65 million Americans who have a criminal record.
How we help:
  • We have a longstanding commitment to juvenile justice. Our lawyers represent children in juvenile court, serve on the boards of leading national juvenile justice organizations, and have served as amicus counsel in appellate court matters, including to the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • We help individuals seal or expunge their criminal records so that they can move forward with their lives.
  • We have been involved in efforts to end juvenile life without parole, both through advocacy and direct representation.
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Feeding the hungry in our global neighborhood

One in eight people worldwide do not get enough food to eat. Since 1988, fighting hunger and supporting food banks has been a focus of our pro bono legal work. Our commitment to fight hunger spans the creation of the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), legal representation of Feeding America and numerous local food banks where we have offices, our annual food drive and charitable contributions and our on-site food sorting volunteer nights.
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EMEA

EMEA


Schools for all

We are committed to improving educational outcomes for children across Europe and the UK by supporting inclusive education in schools.

How we help:
  • We map the causes and manifestations of discrimination for children with intellectual or psycho-social disabilities and work with local actors to devise strategies to counter them.
  • We engage with national mechanisms and the UN treaty body system to highlight systemic issues on both a national and individual level.
  • We provide direct representation to individuals to help them to realize their rights.
  • We provide legal support and strategic advice to leading NGOs in the sector.
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Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific


Supporting indigenous rights

Pro BonoAs part of our Australia Reconciliation Action Plan we are committed to supporting and advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations around Australia.
How we help:
  • We represent indigenous individuals in legal proceedings to enhance access to justice and advocate against discrimination.
  • We support Indigenous artists by providing pro bono assistance on a range of issues. We also draft wills for Indigenous artists through the 'Artists in the Black' programme.
  • We are involved in efforts to reduce over-incarceration of Indigenous people by supporting organisations in their research, advocacy and law reform efforts.
  • We support Indigenous led solutions and organizations.
Our Australian offices also work to support organizations providing free legal advice to incarcerated individuals and their families, and to support individuals leaving the criminal justice system to rebuild their lives.
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