Microjustice is a Dutch Foundation that works for the Legal Empowerment and Inclusion of marginalized people and victims of humanitarian disaster.
The organization began its work in the post-war legal rehabilitation of refugees in the Former Yugoslavia and helped them reclaim their pre-war rights. Microjustice focused on solving refugees’ legal problems in all aspects of life, by arranging their identity-related documents across borders (81,088 documents in Serbia and Croatia), restoring property, solving banking issues, and ensuring pensions -to name a few-. A small branch of the program is still running today, arranging around 1000 documents across borders for (ex)refugees annually.
The concept of Microjustice was tested and developed in Bolivia as of 2007. It takes the model of Microfinance as a basis to produce a sustainable model of legal services for the poor. The experience in Bolivia was used to establish Microjustice Country Organizations in Peru (2008), Argentina (2010) Kenya (2011), Rwanda (2012), while operations in the former Yugoslavia use the sustainable businessmodel of Microjustice for cross-border legal aid to (ex)refugees. The experiences with legal empowerment in these countries were fundamental in the creation of the Microjustice Legal Empowerment Method that is used in the Legal Inclusion Program.
Microjustice legal services are focused on the practicalities of everyday life. The aim is to ensure that basic legal needs are satisfied to help provide individuals with legal protection and access to rights and entitlements such as public services, benefits and amenities. In particular, Microjustice focuses on non-litigious private and administrative legal matters that are fundamental for legal inclusion such as civil documents, and documents relating to: property and housing, income-generating activities, family law, and inheritance.
+ Humanitarian Innovation Fund awards Microjustice
+ Cordaid Scale-up Award
Initial Experiences & Best Practices in Bolivia, Peru and Croatia/Serbia
Establishment of Microjustice Peru: replication of the Microjustice Method
Practical Implementation of the Microjustice approach in Bolivia
After 10 years large-scale legal service provision to the refugees, smaller scale continuation of legal rehabilitation services in the former Yugoslavia, arranging around 1000 documents across borders for (ex)refugees annually.
As a result, the concept of Microjustice is born, and its development started
Large-scale legal rehabilitation program for the refugees in the former Yugoslavia and assessment missions, advising on how to set up legal rehabilitation programs for the displaced populations in Sudan, Colombia, Iraq and Georgia/South Ossetia
Established as International Alliances working in the post-war former Yugoslavia with its first office in Vukovar