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Using a Human Rights Framework at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau

By J. Peter Sabonis

Attorneys in legal services often puzzle over how to incorporate human rights principles into their busy practices. In 2009 the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau adopted a human rights framework to assist its attorneys in meeting broader advocacy goals for their clients. Although developing and implementing the framework took serious effort, using human rights concepts derived from international agreements has helped the bureau confront clients' problems in innovative ways. The framework has also opened up new opportunities for organization, mobilization, and collaboration.

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