Training


Training is at the core of everything we do. Our grassroots training strategy uses innovative legal education to build the capacity of community members, activists, lawyers and law students to effectively use the law to defend and protect human rights.

Because we believe that learning takes time and sustained commitment, our training programs run for at least a year and cover areas such as human rights, civic structure and education, fact-finding, judicial and non-judicial remedies, media and monitoring and enforcement strategies. The trainings underscore the interlinked and indivisible nature of rights, with modules and toolkits that decode complex legal information into materials that are accessible. Our toolkits cover a range of materials such as fact-finding surveys, reports, petition outlines, and sample complaints applications, establishing a repository of information for future cases. Learn about our 2 flagship training programs, Mobile Health Monitoring and Human Rights Clinical Education, below.

Mobile Health Rights Monitoring


In April 2014, Nazdeek, in partnership with ICAAD and PAJHRA launched the End MM Now project, a groundbreaking, community-driven platform which documents gaps in the delivery of maternal and infant healthcare in rural Assam. Fusing technology, community monitoring and the law, the project has built a collective of 25 paralegals who report violations with their mobile phones. The coding system covers benefits that women and young children are entitled to under government policies, such as lack of free ambulance service, undue payments and inadequacy of health facilities. To date, nearly 150 violations have been tracked the data is publicly available at endmmnow.org. In addition to providing macro and micro-level data for civil society to use in ongoing advocacy and litigation, the program has led to concrete changes positively impacting people's lives. End MM Now helped establish a citizen grievance forum, improved delivery of nutritional benefits to pregnant and lactating women and children and reduced corruption in Assam. Key findings and recommendations from the pilot period were released in the report No Time To Lose, Fighting Maternal and Infant Mortality through Community Reporting .

Based on the learning and success of the Assam End MM Now Project, we are now expanding the project to Delhi. Our project seeks to establish a network of paralegals in 3 communities across Delhi to claim access to reproductive health services and related services, such as food, water and sanitation. The project mobilizes women living in slum areas to identify, report and document violations of reproductive health rights within their communities and works with them to demand accountability through administrative and judicial remedies.

HUMAN RIGHTS CLINICAL EDUCATION


In the spring of 2015, Nazdeek and Tezpur Law College launched an innovative clinical program focused on using local grievance mechanisms to address human rights. The Clinic serves as an incubator for pro bono legal practice, exposing 20 final year students to the value and importance of human rights & social justice, while providing direct legal aid to affected community members through collaborations with PAJHRA and other partner NGOs. Legal aid activities includes grievance complaints and RTIs drafted and filed by clinic students stemming from field visits and consultations with CSO partners. Unlike other clinical programs across India, the program is focused in a rural district to ensure local perspective and ensure sustainability.

Curriculum programs cover topics such as Bringing Human Rights Cases to Judicial and Non-Judicial Forums, Role of Constitutional Law to Advance Human Rights, Building a Strong Factual Record, Legal Research and Drafting, Effective Oral Advocacy Skills, Field Exposure with Activists, and volunteer placement in local NGOs.

Internationally and nationally distinguished academicians and practitioners are invited to lead sessions on various human right issues. Through this innovative clinic, Nazdeek and Tezpur Law College are building the next generation of lawyers to advance human rights cases at the rural, district level.