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Advancing Decriminalization of Poverty and Status

International Legal Foundation

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period September 1, 2023–August 31, 2025
  • Location New York, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

The International Legal Foundation will work together with diverse stakeholders to introduce common standards in the administration of justice aimed at decriminalizing poverty and status. Together with United Nations member states, civil society justice actors, academics and others, the grantee will help convene, coordinate and communicate about an expert group tasked with developing justice policy reform standards that aim to reduce or eliminate discriminatory practices in the enforcement of the law. These standards will be introduced for review and adoption by relevant United Nations bodies, including the U.N. Human Rights Council and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Founded in 2001, the International Legal Foundation works to address the global crisis in access to justice through improvements to legal aid provision and related policies. The grantee works both in specific countries in Africa and Asia, while also advocating for policy change globally.