Community paralegal training for Mombasa county youths

We are proud to be an organization which is not selfishly ready to give back to the community, our consistency has made us been recognized by several multinational organizations. This project has seen SYO reaching to a number of women at the community level where the women got the platform to share their issues and coming up with positive recommendations that most have been helpful to their daily lives. The trained women most have opted to form a support group to continue with the idea of addressing human rights violation they face at their communities. Changamwe and Jomvu being among the six sub counties of Mombasa County that have benefited with this trainings, the ladies ( majority of whom fall in the age brackets of18to35 ) formed their support groups and they have been meeting at the stretchers youth organization office. The ladies at the support groups has of late requested to be trained on how to handle daily human rights violations reported at their communities since most of them lack the skills. It is on this regards that as an organization are holding a one week paralegal training to the members of the support groups and few members of stretchers youth organization to equip the paralegals with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide effective legal aid at the community level. The youths who are both Men and women will also be trained on Human Rights based approach. This group will form part of our key community influencers at risk communities in Changamwe and Jomvu Sub counties.

Our sole purpose for this training is because we realize a number of people having difficulty accessing justice in Kenya. In communities throughout the Mombasa County, people struggle with understanding how the criminal justice systems works on key issues among them related to housing, family, debt, human rights violation, crime, property, and other matters that affect their well-being. Those who are poor, geographically isolated, or otherwise vulnerable often cannot obtain assistance in solving their justice problems. They may suffer under discriminatory laws or lack the legal means to enforce norms that should protect them. Community-based paralegal programs can help communities that lack access to the legal system resolve their justice issues. Particularly in the informal settlements, lawyers—who are typically concentrated in population centers and commercial hubs—often cannot meet the demand for justice services. Community-based paralegals represent a paradigmatic shift in the delivery of legal services. Although community-based paralegals perform some of the same tasks as lawyers, they offer many distinct advantages, including: Community-based paralegals can focus on the justice needs of an entire community, not just the client who hires them. They can often resolve the issue much faster than lawyers and judges can. It is much easier and less expensive to train and deploy paralegals than lawyers. Community-based paralegals often know the community they serve and its needs better than a lawyer would have known.

The trained Community paralegals will work closely with SYO, MUHURI and Kituo Cha Sharia to play a very important role at their community’s changamwe and Jomvu, by bridging the gap between the formal and distant justice delivery system and the communities that are supposed to benefit from that formal system. They will inform individuals in their communities of rights and advocate for their needs and help in the documentations of human rights violations, provide psychosocial counseling and bring about remedies. They will also demystify to the communities how the criminal justice system works. The training is going to cover topics on: Introduction of human rights, court structures, documentation and drafting of the human rights violation, introduction of the context of CVE laws in Kenya, trail advocacy, family issues, criminal sexual offenses and labor laws.

Our main objectives for the training is to Equip paralegals with basic knowledge of law and also the legal processes of law, To standardize the level of training and skills for paralegal in Kenya and to contribute to the realization of efficient and affordable justice system.

At the end of training we expect to have   been equipped well Trained Paralegals Who are Competent In Legal matters with better writing and Drafting skills, Counseling skills, Mediation Skills e.t.c ,paralegals with Increased access to justice in the Community, well adverse with Documentation of human rights violation at the community Well-structured working relationship with the local administration and the community at large.

 

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