In July 2018, Justice Without Borders (JWB) held a training for community paralegals in Cilacap, Indonesia, in collaboration with frontline partner Forum Warga Buruh Migran Nusawungu. We trained over 240 community paralegals in Indonesia on civil claims and evidence collection, so that migrant workers can still claim compensation from abusers even after they return home.
Community paralegals form the frontlines of access to justice for migrant victims who have returned home. Local communities in Indonesia face critical shortages of lawyers, and what legal services exists are far too expensive for those who have been exploited or abused abroad.
These paralegals are thus the victims’ only point of help to access legal remedies for violations including unpaid wages, abuse, illegal agency fees and more. However, they face multiple obstacles in helping victims claim compensation, including a lack of access to practical legal and case management training and connections to pro bono lawyers.
Our trainings equip community paralegals with practical legal skills at no charge. They gain a comprehensive understanding of a variety of solutions to problems faced by migrant workers, including cross-border civil claims, evidence collection, insurance claims and local remedies.
Your support ensures that we can supply critical capacity needs to our partners, reach more victims, and achieve legal results that can ultimately start to change bad behaviour.