Madaripur Legal Aid Association (MLAA)

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined February 2015
Presence in: Bangladesh

For the past 34 years Madaripur Legal Aid Association (MLAA) has developed sustainable programs that address the greatest challenges with formal and informal justice system in Bangladesh.
Established: March 1978

Legal Status: Registered NGO AB no-055, Dated: 22.04.81
Primary Beneficiaries: Disadvantage & poor people, particularly of the rural area and especially of female and children stratum are the primary beneficiaries.

Secondary Beneficiaries: UP representatives, students, teachers, village elites, women leaders, rural civil society members, journalists, lawters, judicial officials, law enforcing agencies and NGO activists.
Vision: A just society where rule of law and human rights are upheld.
Mission: MLAA strives to ensure access to justice and human rights for all people irrespective of sex, cast, creed, religion, race through informal justice process and formal justice system.
Goal: Access to justice increased for empowerment of disadvantaged people, particularly women & children.
Main Objective: Access to Justice increased empowerment of disadvantaged people, particularly women & Children.

Objectives: Increasing access to justice and human rights for people’s empowerment:
• by widening access to formal judiciary ;
• by promoting effective judicial system of local government;
• by contributing to establish of the rule of law and human rights culture in Bangladesh;
• by raising awareness among NGO workers, students, teachers as well general citizens on human rights.
• by ensuring institutionalization of alternative dispute resolution through dissemination and replication of Madaripur Mediation Model;
• ensuring access to justice and human rights for the poor people through policy advocacy;
• through advocating for reforms of law, legal system to make it more systematic, dynamic and acceptable; and
• by providing support to the vulnerable people in case of natural and climate related disasters with an aim to fulfill Human Rights obligation to uphold right to life.