Association for Legal Intervention (SIP) was established in 2005 by a group of young activists and lawyers. Since then SIP evolved into a professional non-profit organization with the aim of combating social exclusion through provision of free legal advice to people whose rights and freedoms are threatened or violated and raising legal and civil awareness in the society.
Our activity focuses on:
- Support – we provide legal and social counselling in individual cases; we represent our clients in courts and before administrative agencies – our counselling is based on Association’s standards and is free of charge.
- Information – our association develops and conducts trainings for professionals and groups of diverse cultural backgrounds, concerning their rights and duties. We are also aimed at spreading the civil and legal awareness in the society.
- Policy – the aim of our actions is to improve the situation of marginalized social groups – through conducting research, monitoring the application of the law and presenting our opinions to bills we influence the state politics and its institutions.
OUR KEY GOALS ARE:
- human rights protection;
- action against marginalization and discrimination;
- supporting people who are threatened by marginalization or exclusion
- providing our Clients (especially refugees, asylum seekers, foreigners, prisoners, children, adoptive families) with legal advice;
- restorative justice, mediation;
- violence mitigation;
- raising law-awareness in the society.
Witold Klaus - Chair of the Board, lawyer, criminologist, evaluator; Ph.D. in law, assistant professor at the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw, President of the Board of the Association for Legal Intervention, Member of the Board of the Polish Society of Criminology; in 2009 awarded Social Nobel Prize by Ashoka Foundation – Innovators for the Public; graduate the Human Rights School organized by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, author and editor of number of publications on human rights, refugee and foreigner rights, criminology, restorative justice and discrimination issues. In 2009 won second prize for the best legal Ph.D. thesis awarded by one of the leading Polish legal journal called “State and Law” [“Państwo i Prawo”]; author of number of publications on human rights, immigrants and refugee rights, criminology and restorative justice.