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.
What makes our approach innovative?
We understand the provision of legal advice as a beginning of our support, not the aim. Legal assistance is just the first step: the goal is not only to support our Clients but mostly lobbying for changes in legislation and policies as well as raising social awareness in order to improve the situation of a given social group.
Through our counseling and contact with our Clients we are able to identify the most significant problems – both of the legal nature (imperfections in constructing legal acts, legal loopholes, incorrect implementation of the legislation) as well as of social nature (when legal institutions do not reach the goals set out by the lawmakers) and take action in order to find solutions thereto. Our experience is supplemented by different types of research and watchdog activities.