NEWS

LWOB Advanced Advocacy Training In Liberia

A team of ten lawyers sponsored by LWOBærecently returned from Monrovia, Liberia after completing a week-long trial advocacy training for lawyers in Monrovia, Liberia. The program was hailed as a success by all concerned, with particular praise for the NITA format upon which the program was based.æ In addition to substantial funding for this program from the United States Institute of Peace foundation, LWOB received support for the program from private foundations, donors, NITA, White & Case, LLP and Shearman & Sterling, LLP who donated funds, supplies and whose lawyers participated in all aspects of the training and grant implementation.

While there, LWOB team leaders Hon. Ann C. Williams and Attorney Daniel Schimmel (Shearman & Sterling, LLP) were honored withæan invitationæto meet President Ellen Johnshon-Sirleaf and had the opportunity to discuss Rule of Law (RoL) issues in Liberia with her and LWOB’s role in future RoL planning.

After two years of planning, the implementation of this program proceeded smoothly. Lawyer participants as well as trainers found the experience immensely rewarding. Already plans are in progress to build on the relationships that LWOB has formed and to continue the professional collaboration between the Liberian legal community and LWOB and its lawyer and judicial volunteers.

LWOB expresses gratitude to Shearman & Sterling, LLP, White & Case, LLP, NITA and the several private donors and LWOB lawyer and judicialævolunteers whoseæprofessional contributions and/or fundraising efforts helped give our program depth and breath.

Liberia Community Outreach Launched

LWOB finalized its work in Liberia with the launch of an anti-corruption campaign consisting of posters and tie-pins distributed throughout the courts and to members of the judiciary, bar and law enforcement which supported the message that those wearing the pins would not ask for, nor accept, bribes.

This represented the final stage of LWOB’s community outreach component of its rule of law initiative in Liberia which consisted of posting of anti-crime billboards through Monrovia, distribution of dramatic skits on video throughout the country and posters throughout the courts creating a bribe-free zone. The visuals echoed such themes as the difference between bail and bribe, access to justice and the importance of reporting crime. The outreach was orchestrated to reach rural and urban communities throughout the country through television and radio media.

The first phase of LWOB’s work, launched with its in-country assessment in early 2005, is now complete and efforts are well underway to develop and launch a program for the follow up phases slated for implementation throughout 2008.

LWOB Advocacy Program in Liberia a Success

A team of ten lawyers sponsored by LWOBærecently returned from Monrovia, Liberia after completing a week-long trial advocacy training for lawyers in Monrovia, Liberia. The program was hailed as a success by all concerned, with particular praise for the NITA format upon which the program was based.æ In addition to substantial funding for this program from the United States Institute of Peace foundation, LWOB received support for the program from private foundations, donors, NITA, White & Case, LLP and Shearman & Sterling, LLP who donated funds, supplies and whose lawyers participated in all aspects of the training and grant implementation.

While there, LWOB team leaders Hon. Ann C. Williams and Attorney Daniel Schimmel (Shearman & Sterling, LLP) were honored withæan invitationæto meet President Ellen Johnshon-Sirleaf and had the opportunity to discuss Rule of Law (RoL) issues in Liberia with her and LWOB’s role in future RoL planning.

After two years of planning, the implementation of this program proceeded smoothly. Lawyer participants as well as trainers found the experience immensely rewarding. Already plans are in progress to build on the relationships that LWOB has formed and to continue the professional collaboration between the Liberian legal community and LWOB and its lawyer and judicial volunteers.

LWOB expresses gratitude to Shearman & Sterling, LLP, White & Case, LLP, NITA and the several private donors and LWOB lawyer and judicialævolunteers whoseæprofessional contributions and/or fundraising efforts helped give our program depth and breath.

FIND ME! Educational board game for sale

The FIND ME! educational board game that LWOB developed to educate police, prosecutors, NGO workers, and the general public about human trafficking is now available for sale at https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/find-me-. The game is an educational tool that can be used with audiences at all levels of human trafficking knowledge, and purchase of the game supports LWOB’s ongoing work in the human trafficking arena.