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OUR PROGRAMS

The Vance Center considers civil society -- the formal and informal groups that people freely create to share views, pursue causes, express culture --to be a key player in democratic transition and lawyers to be key players in civil society. It is lawyers who use and develop the laws and the institutions of government, which define and secure civil rights.

The rule of law is a crucial ingredient to vibrant civil society, enabling people to rely on the legal system and understand what their governments do. Equal access to justice demonstrates and advances fairness and promotes confidence in the law and legal institutions.

The Vance Center helps clients with legal matters in four thematic areas:

Human Rights and Access to Justice

The Human Rights and Access to Justice Program protects individuals from discrimination, violence, injustice, and corruption, as well as supports international human rights bodies committed to such protection.

Environment

The Environment Program promotes collaboration to address environmental challenges through advocacy, research, innovative solutions, and conscientious stewardship of natural resources.

Free Expression, Media, and Information

The Free Expression, Media, and Information Program secures the rights of individuals and NGOs to participate freely and knowingly in public discourse.

Health and Development

The Health and Development Program sustains the well-being and livelihoods of communities challenged by structural poverty.

Vance Center clients include large and small social justice NGOs, such as:

Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental

U.S. International Council on Disabilities

The Blacksmith Institute

O Instituto de Estudos da Religião

The African Media Initiative

The Africa Freedom of Information Centre

Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género

Fundación Construir

Center for Justice and Accountability

International Commission of Jurists - Kenya