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In Jordan, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) currently implements programs that focus on human rights and legal education, including initiatives to build the expertise of judges, lawyers and law students; to educate the public on legal rights and responsibilities; to develop the capacity of local institutions to monitor and promote gender equality; and to strengthen the kingdom’s response to and prevention of human trafficking. Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, ABA ROLI has been working in Jordan since May 2004.
To enhance the legal skills of judges and lawyers, we provide training, mentoring and study trip opportunities. We foster the incorporation of practical activities into judicial and legal education programs, including through legal clinics and visits by young judges and lawyers to prisons, shelters, crime labs and other institutions. Informed by assessments we have conducted, many of the trainings we organize emphasize awareness of human rights and promote sensitivity to vulnerable groups among judges and lawyers. In addition, ABA ROLI supports local partners in their efforts to conduct rights education, to monitor human rights policies and to provide vulnerable groups—including refugees and foreign workers—with access to justice.