The Regional Center for Training and Development of the Civil Society

Legal Aid program

The Legal Aid and Rehabilitation Program consists of two service units:

i) Legal Aid and Citizens Advice Unit (LACAU)

The unit strives to provide legal advice and representation for those vulnerable members of society who lack the sufficient funds and awareness of their rights to achieve justice and the rule of law. The Unit is designed to provide legal aid in various forms for disadvantaged people who are not financially capable or lack the legal awareness to understand the extent of their rights or the means to overcome problems they may face in administrative and legal procedures. LACAU assists them to pay their legal fees and guide them through the legal procedures, making sure they are aware of their rights in every step to access justice. The LACAU offers information and advice through face-to-face, phone and email services, and online.

Legal Aid services include assessments, capacity building of Para-Legal and lawyers, outreach volunteers, legal aid, SGBV referral and response, child protection activities, training on refugee rights, community-based initiatives as well as awareness raising sessions on various refugees rights’ issues, ranging from residency procedures to prevention of SGBV.

ii) Rehabilitation Unit for Survivors of Psychological Trauma (RUSPT)

There is a high prevalence of psychological trauma in Sudan including Khartoum state.  This is caused by the widely spread war, displacement, internal conflicts, accidents and violence.  The survivors of psychological trauma keep suffering in silence because of the impact of trauma on them and also because of the stigma associated with mental health problems; lack of awareness of the impact of trauma on their lives and lack of facilities that offer help for this group of people.

The main aim of the Unit is to help and enable the victims of trauma in Sudan to access rehabilitation services; and to support and empower them to fully recover from the impact of trauma on their live. This could be achieved through:

  1. Provision of medical and psychosocial management of consequences of trauma using recovery and holistic approach.
  2. Documentation of the impact of torture through testimonies and medico-legal reports when necessary.
  3. Raise the awareness of the public about the impact of violence and trauma on survivors and on their lives.
  4. Research on psychological trauma and related subjects.
  5. Create partnerships with other centers and organizations (national and abroad) that provide Psychological support skills.

The abovementioned Psychosocial Interventions that are tailored to individuals and / or groups, needs to be cultural sensitive and gender sensitive as well.  It would include counselling, collective mourning and different types of psychotherapy for trauma, including creative therapies, social interventions and consider spiritual aspects of trauma.