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Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles’ project to get US funding under impact awards

Aug 10, 2022 @ 11:20

Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles has been selected for the International Visitor Leadership Program Impact Awards Initiative by the State Department of the United States, which would allow him to get funding for an important project.

Nograles intends to train paralegals to help decongest jails in the country.

Close to 250 awardees among IVLP alumni worldwide have been selected to implement projects that aim to provide solutions to challenges in their home countries.

They could request up to $5,000 in funding for projects that are slated for completion by January 31, 2023.

Nograles’ project aims to legally empower jail paralegals in the Philippines, according to a statement from his office.

It would entail exposing 2,000 jail paralegals and prison legal officers across the country to capacity-building strategies and legal workshops so that they could help decongest detention centers, it said.

Nograles also intends to publish a legal handbook with resource materials on criminal law and procedure and administrative law for jail paralegals and prison legal officers.

They would likewise be given lectures on case documentation, data mining, evaluation, and the provision of free legal assistance.

“While this project targets jail paralegals and legal officers, ultimately these efforts are for the benefit of poor and marginalized inmates so that their access to justice can be enhanced,” Nograles said.

The IVLP is a professional exchange program by the U.S. State Department, and the IVLP Impact Awards Initiative is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in partnership with Meridian International Center.

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