Human Rights Legal Aid Trip to Ghana
Organized by: Dakota Scheu
Tuition: $3,880 for a 4 week tour with $395 per extra week Trip Preparations (Immunizations, Gear, Gifts for the Children of Ghana): approx. $1,000
My trip will be from Oct-Nov 2015
As a recent law graduate, I want to utilize my J.D. where it matters most. Helping those victims of human rights violations in Ghana. Your donations will help get me there where I can make a true impact in the lives of others.
As a volunteer attorney with Projects Abroad I will work on tasks such as: - Dealing with intakes and processing applicants to legal aid schemes. - Mediating client disputes on issues such as debts and family disputes. - Drafting legal documents such as child maintenance orders and letters to the police. - Delivering presentations or statements at conferences or seminars representing the position of the Human Rights Office. - Traveling to rural areas to raise civil rights awareness, especially among and women and children. - Providing free legal advice to our growing number of clients.
The human rights office is split into 3 departments – Social Justice, Research, and Legal Services. It is the latter where we feel your skills can be utilized. As a PRO volunteer, you will work along-side PAHO’s in-house lawyer assisting with the legal branch of the office. Tasks may include heading casework from our free legal services or conducting legal research. There is also scope to engage in the extensive community based work we do, involving workshops, outreach programs and presentations on human rights issues. Volunteers on this project work 8 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Your placement will either be at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHO) or be delegated to a partner organization called Legal Aid Board. At the Legal Aid Board you will work alongside qualified lawyers, interviewing clients, providing legal advice and preparing court documents such as divorce petitions and child custody orders. All volunteers in Ghana live with host families. Your host family will make you feel like a Ghanaian. The combination of Ghanaians' strong religious faith and hospitality makes living with a family a special experience.
For more information see: http://www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/volunteer-abroad-projects-for-professionals/law-and-human-rights/lawyer-in-ghana/