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[Announcement] The Mindanao Human Rights Action Center Job Opening

The Mindanao Human Rights Action Center (MinHRAC) seeks candidates to the following positions under its Protection Monitoring and Legal Assistance Project funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

1. PROJECT ASSISTANT – The Project Assistant will provide administrative and project support to the Legal Aid Officer and the Protection Monitoring team based in the Cotabato City Headquarters.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• College graduate
• excellent writing and communication skills;
• ability to handle large volume of work and have excellent organization skills;
• strong attention to detail
• ability to deal with time pressure and a demanding work environment;
• willingness to travel to remote parts of Mindanao
• excellent interpersonal skills, team worker;
• ability to take initiatives and be flexible and adaptable in a changing environment
• working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
• working knowledge of any of the languages spoken in Mindanao considered an advantage;
• significant experience living and working in ARMM communities preferred but not required;
• prior work experience with public interest organisations focusing on human rights preferred but not required.

2. STAFF LAWYER / LEGAL AID OFFICER – The Staff Lawyer / Legal Aid Officer will be part of the MinHRAC quick response and legal aid team , in addition to serving as resource person on human rights and international humanitarian law trainings and orientation sessions.

In addition to the qualifications above, candidate for Lawyer position must be:

• willing to be based either in Cotabato City or Zamboanga City
• a member in good standing in the Philippine Bar
• preferably with 2 years’ litigation experience.

Interested applicants may send their resumes to mail@minhrac.org

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[In the news] Rama Free legal aid program for elderly -Cebu Daily News

Rama Free legal aid program for elderly

Cebu Daily News
March 27, 2012

THE Cebu city government is trying to arrange for lawyers to provide free legal assistance to senior citizens on top of the P5,000 financial assistance that the elderly will receive this year.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said the program is part of his vision for a livable city.
“When I come back (from my Japan trip), I want to see this program functional and operational,” he said.

The mayor leaves today for Yokohama, Japan, for an official visit. He will be back on April 1.
Rama said he already wrote Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young and designated him as acting mayor in his absence.

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[In the news] IBP volunteer lawyers to help protect OFWs, prosecute human traffickers – www.mb.com.ph

IBP volunteer lawyers to help protect OFWs, prosecute human traffickers
By FRANCIS T. WAKEFIELD

MANILA, Philippines — Lawyers are volunteering to help indigent victims to prosecute human traffickers who exploit them.

The volunteer lawyers will be part of the Anti-Trafficking in Person Action Teams (ATIPAT) under the Center for Legal Aid of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

The IBP has also established an Overseas Filipino Workers-Legal Assistance Unit (OFW-LAU) at its offices in Pasig City where victims of the trafficking can seek help to get justice.

The OFW-LAU and the ATIPAT were launched last Monday in the program held at the IBP office in Pasig attended by high-ranking members of government, IBP member lawyers from different chapters nationwide, and non-governmental organizations or NGOs.

According to lawyer Rosario T. Setias-Reyes, IBP National Center for Legal Aid (NCLA) deputy director, the formation of the IBP-ATIPAT is a major step towards ensuring that trafficking victims have adequate access to justice against criminals who exploited them.

In an interview, Reyes said the IBP-ATIPAT is an elite group of IBP volunteer trial lawyers and staff who will provide competent, free and maximum possible legal service in the effective prosecution of trafficking cases involving indigent victims of human trafficking as part of the Developmental Legal Aid Program of the IBP.

Reyes said the IBP-ATIPAT will improve the administration of justice and enable the Bar to discharge its public responsibility more effectively in the fight against human trafficking in the Philippines through the provision of competent, free, and comprehensive legal services to indigent victims of human trafficking in all trafficking hot spots nationwide.

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