From 1 April to 31 December 2015, Information Legal Centre (ILC) is implementing a project "Free Legal Assistance to the Roma and other marginalized groups of the population in the area of four Croatian counties". This project is funded by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
The project’s objective is to improve the situation of the Roma minority and other vulnerable and marginalized groups by ensuring equal access to rights and support in the form of primary legal aid so as to facilitate access to socio-economic rights.
The major activities will be related to the Roma population in the area of Brod-Posavina, Osijek-Baranja, Vukovar-Srijem and Zagreb County, since regardless of the significant achievements in solving specific problems of the Roma community and the inclusion of Roma in recent years, numerous inherited problems and life specifics of the Roma community members on the one hand, and exposure to discrimination, intolerance and prejudice on the other hand, remain key obstacles to their full integration into the wider society.
Besides the Roma minority, that is primary direct beneficiary of this project, professional legal staff will also provide legal assistance to other marginalized and socially excluded groups in our society in the process of exercising rights that are difficult to obtain due to low citizens’ awareness of their rights.
ILC office is the focal point for the coordination of all project activities and it is available during working hours to the beneficiaries in need of direct legal advice by a professional legal ILC’s staff. Legal assistance will also be provided through the minimum of four monthly field visits to Roma settlements, as well as via telephone and official e-mail.