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Professionalizing the Judicial Sector in the Central African Republic

In its fifth year, ABA ROLI continues the Professionalizing the Justice Sector project in the Central African Republic, funded by the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The project addresses the large-scale gap in legal aid services provided to the people of CAR, with a heavy focus on survivors of SGBV. Through legal aid clinics across Central Africa—specifically in Bangui, Bour, Berberati, and Bangassou—, ABA ROLI provides survivors with attorneys who can represent their interests in court or advise them on how to file a complaint with the police. Our efforts are in partnership with Doctors Without Borders and The Mixed Response Unit for the Rapid Intervention and Repression of Sexual Violence (French, Unité Mixte d’Intervention Rapide et de Répression des violences sexuelles faites aux femmes et aux enfants - UMIRR). The UMIRR is a response unit, created by the CAR government, tasked with addressing sexual violence and abuse towards women and children. UMIRR works to bring together legal services, social services, and police to provide assistance to survivors. The clinics also provide mediation and referral services to individuals who wish to pursue alternative means to accessing justice. ABA ROLI continues to provide mobile legal aid clinics to some of the most remote locations in CAR, working in partnership with local authorities and the ABA’s own network of “community ambassadors” who provide education on the community’s rights and ways to address identified violations. The permanent clinics have provided legal assistance, mediation, or advice and counsel to over 1,000 people in 2023.