Featured Organization of the Week: The Civil Association for Equality and Justice

June 5th, 2012

Every other week, the Task Force highlights a Featured Allied Organization. The Task Force has more than 120 member organizations from all over the world which endorse its mission.  The current featured Allied Organization is The Civil Association for Equality and Justice.  To learn more about the Task Force Allied Organizations and to see a full list of our members please visit the Allied Organization webpage

The Civil Association for Equality and Justice (Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia, referred to as ACIJ by its Spanish acronym), is a Buenos Aires-based non-partisan, non-profit legal advocacy organization with local, national and regional initiatives. ACIJ dedicated to the defense of the rights of the most vulnerable groups in society while contributing to the strengthening of the democracy. Founded in 2002, the objectives of ACIJ are to defend the National Constitution and the principle of the rule of law, promote the eradication of all forms of discrimination and the proper enforcement of the laws that protect the marginalized sectors of society, as well as to contribute to the development of participatory practices and increase civic participation in the democracy.

The work of ACIJ includes actions at both the institutional and the grassroots level. To promote the effective adherence to laws protecting disadvantaged groups as well as to make positive policy changes in discriminatory laws and practices, ACIJ utilizes institutional strategies and tools such as civic and judicial activism and monitoring of government actions. Actions in strategic litigation, policy analysis and proposals, and budget analysis have been extremely successful. ACIJ also understands the need for community-based, bottom up solutions to legal and public policy shortfalls. To develop consciousness among citizens regarding their rights and to increase familiarity with channels available for their protection, ACIJ utilizes strategies of grassroots civic engagement and rights training. At this time ACIJ utilizes a diversified strategy to achieve its objectives in the following program areas: Community Legal Action, Rights and Community Building in Urban Slums, Educational Equality, Citizen Action and Anticorruption, and Strengthening of Democratic Institutions.

Written by Sarah Bracht

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