Development and Justice Initiative

New Delhi, India
Joined September 2023

Development and Justice Initiative works in India with migrants, refugees and people at risk of statelessness. We work with communities, service providers and authorities to achieve our objectives.

Presence in: India
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Community Paralegals, Refugees & Migrant Rights

Our work supports communities secure their rights, increase their access to services, and justice delivery systems. We work to prevent loss of citizenship and other rights to combat statelessness and facilitate co-existence among affected communities. All the work of the organisation is firmly rooted in human rights and gender equality.

We have been implementing refugee protection program since 2012. The program mainly focuses on increasing the access of refugees to health and education services as well as provide counselling on protection and legal issues and support in accessing gainful livelihoods. Starting community-based projects in 2014 from Jammu, Mewat (Haryana) and Jaipur (Rajasthan), our current (2021-23) projects are implemented in Mewat, Jaipur, Punjab and Delhi. During the COVID-19 pandemic our focus has been on restoring access to health services and assist in economic recovery for the refugee community. As a part of the project, we work with local service providers to educate them on refugee situations and work with the host communities to nurture peaceful co-existence of refugees with them.

In the more than ten years since this program started, we have worked with more than 20,000 refugees, 18 health institutions, 22 government schools and District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) in 5 districts across four states. We have supported the education of more than 5000 children by supporting their admission and retention in schools.

DAJI’s programs on protection of the rights of citizenship of minorities includes facilitating legal aid to people facing risk of statelessness. We work with Paralegal Volunteers (PLVs) and lawyers to support the vulnerable individuals and families in preventing loss of citizenship and increase access to social security, health and education services. We also conduct documentation and research into issues around the risk of statelessness in Assam and advocate for just citizenship determination processes.