JFAO

JFAO's Mission


Justice For All aims to strengthen the rule of law by increasing access to justice through the provision of free legal services ...

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JFAO's Vision


To see a peaceful and secure Afghanistan where the rule of law is respected, where democracy is institutionalized...

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About JFAO

JFAO is not a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S. Thus, any donations are unfortunately not tax-deductible, and will go to one of JFAO's volunteers in the U.S. who will transfer the donation to their Afghan account. Thank you! JFAO is not a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S. Thus, any donations are unfortunately not tax-deductible, and will go to one of JFAO's volunteers in the U.S. who will transfer the donation to their Afghan account. Thank you!
JFAO works to strengthen the rule of law and expand access to justice for vulnerable populations in Afghanistan. In particular, JFAO aims to expand the provision of competent legal representation in criminal, civil, and family law cases to marginalized and underserved groups in Afghanistan, particularly the indigent, women, children, and prisoners. JFAO also works to increase awareness among women, children, and families about their legal rights. We also train and develop future women leaders within Afghanistan’s legal and political sectors.

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    JFAO is not a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S. Thus, any donations are unfortunately not tax-deductible, and will go to one of JFAO's volunteers in the U.S. who will transfer the donation to their Afghan account. Thank you! JFAO is not a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S. Thus, any donations are unfortunately not tax-deductible, and will go to one of JFAO's volunteers in the U.S. who will transfer the donation to their Afghan account. Thank you!

Our Projects and Achievements

Over the past six years, JFAO’s progragrams have had a tremendous impact on Afghan society and experienced quite a few successes, such as the following:

• Providing opportunity for access to justice is one of JFAO’s goals, we were able to establish Legal Bureaus in five provinces of Afghanistan where there is a serious need for such a service: Kabul, Kundoz, Takhar, Khost and Badakhshan provinces. Through this program JFAO has provided legal representation and advice for more than 6,128 people in Kabul alone - mostly women and girls - since we launched the program in July 2009 through November 2014. In addition to helping our clients seek protection under the law and increasing their legal knowledge, JFAO has also helped build and increase the capacity of lawyers and advisors who are supported by Global Rights, OSA, Bayat Foundation, Mama Cash, USIP and KIOS.

• One of the key methodologies which increase community access to justice is the use of paralegals. JFAO has provided paralegal training for 400 women and men in Kundoz, Takhar, Badakhshan and Khost provinces. Through this program we were able to provide legal services to 1,100 vulnerable families.

• One of our major accomplishments is raising awareness among Afghan people – particularly women and children - about their fundamental rights according to the Afghan law and international laws. This is a particularly challenging undertaking, especially in the provinces which are less secure and more traditional in community values. Yet JFAO was able to do it successfully in various provinces of Afghanistan such as Panjshir, Takhar, Badakhan, Kundoz, Khost, Kapisa and districts of Kabul to achieve its goal. From August 2008 to date, JFAO has provided legal awareness classes for 6,579 women, men, girls and boys with support from GIZ, the U.S. Embassy, OSA, Mama Cash, USIP, Global Rights and the KIOS fund.

• One of the ways we raise awareness and increase the legal knowledge of the Afghan people is through our publications. We were able to publish brochures with simple language and pictorial graphics so that the illiterate and semi-literate people can understand it. JFAO published and distributed 27,500 brochures on the topics of children’s rights in accordance with Afghan national laws, international conventions and Sharia law; women’s inheritance and property rights; family case guidelines; the rights of the accused, the factors and causes of children’s crimes, suspected and convicted persons in accordance with Afghan-enforced laws; guidelines on implementation of family cases, guidelines for how to resolving family issues, financial Women's Rights, causes of crime, women and children, and the benefits of having a marriage certificate. Additionally, we distributed more than 8,500 manuals (Guidelines on Family Cases Procedures, Defense Lawyer’s Manual and a manual on Dissolution of Marriage and its Factors and Consequences) with the support of Global Rights, OSA, JusticeMakers, OSA, Mama Cash, and KIOS from October 2009 to date.

• Holding Roundtable discussions is another approach we use to raise awareness of legal rights, in which we discuss the same topics as in the classes. It is yet another way to convey our message to those who did not have a chance to attend the awareness class. The other benefit of Roundtables is that we are able to broadcast them so we reach an even wider audience. We conducted this program through local radio stations which have a large number of listeners and which reach a large geographic area. A total of 344 Roundtables were held in Kabul, Takhar, Kapisa, Pajshir and Balkh provinces with support from the U.S. Embassy. Many of these roundtables were also broadcast on the radio from September 2010 to January 2014

• JFAO supported implementation of the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Law from September 2011 to date. This work can be extremely sensitive, particularly in conservative and insecure provinces such as Helmand, Paktia, Khost, Kandahar, Kunar, Laghman and Nangarhar, but JFAO performed it successfully. Specifically, JFAO has conducted legal workshops for 410 judges, prosecutors, police, defense lawyers, government officials, and civil society organizations on the EVAW Law, NAPWA and other Afghan-enforced laws in 19 provinces of the country, with support from the National Endowment for Democracy and UN Women.

• JFAO provided training for 480 police women in 29 trainings from November 2012 to January 2014. The trainings covered numerous topics including the role and duties of the police according to Afghan law, rights of police women, violence against women and children in Afghan society, and police skills in handling cases which involve women. These trainings for police women were held in Kabul and Kundoz provinces, with support from the UNDP/LOTTFA project.

• From 2011 through the end of 2013 JFAO has conducted community-based outreach programs for 2,100 people in various districts of Kabul such as Gul Dara, Shakar dara, Kalakan, Sarai Khowaja, Estalef, Meer Bacha Koot, Baghrami, Paghman and Chahar Asiyab. Through these programs we ask people about the legal problems they face, and we provide them with basic information about their rights and responsibilities under the law. We also provide them with information about our own activities and we encourage them to apply to us when they need help. As a result, we had many clients who came to us from the districts of Kabul to seek advice and a free defense lawyer. This program was supported by Global Rights.

• JFAO delivered a discussion series on “Legal Debate” with the participation of Law and Sharia students and other lawyers in association with Human Rights Law Network(HRLN) and the support of The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights (KIOS). It was held on 14-15th Sep 2013 in Kabul City, Afghanistan.

• Since 1st May 2014 UN Women has supported JFAO in implementing the Support to Provincial EVAW Commission project in six provinces (Badakhshan, Baghlan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Herat, Kandahar) of Afghanistan. Through this project, Justice For All Organization (JFAO) has been providing: technical and logistical support to Provincial EVAW Commissions, managing Provincial Resource Centers, as well as conducting Legal Awareness programs and Capacity Building training for members of the Provincial EVAW Commissions and for the staff of DoWA.

• Starting on 1st Nov 2014, UN Women began to support JFAO in implementing Family Guidance Centers in two provinces (Laghman and Kandahar). Through this project Justice For All Organization (JFAO) has been providing: Legal consultation, legal representation, social support and psychological support for disadvantaged people in these provinces.

• JFAO is delivering a conference series this year on Women and Islamic Law with support from the United States Institute of Peace. The seminars are focusing on controversial areas of misinterpretation between Sharia and law, culture and practice. We are bringing together international and national experts to share, debate and find common interpretations or understanding of key issues relating to women’s legal rights within Islamic or Sharia law. The seminars are targeted at improving the Islamic law literacy of the community of practitioners and policymakers working on women’s rights issues at a national as well as a provincial level. JFAO held the first of three seminars on October 29 - 30, 2014 in Kabul, to an audience of approximately 40 Afghan lawyers and law and Sharia students. Imam Feisal, the noted scholar and author from the United States, was our special guest and international expert/speaker.

• JFAO delivered a discussion series on “Legal Debate” with participation of Law and Sharia students, legal fellows, civil society organizations, prosecutors, judges and other lawyers in association with the Human Right Law Network (HRLN) and with support of the Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights (KIOS). It will be held on 29-30th December Nov 2014 in Kabul City, Afghanistan.

Program and Funding History, including date and project.



Donor Name of project Location Current/Past Dates
GTZ Children’s Legal Awareness Training Takhar Past August 2008
Bayat Foundation Access to Justice for Women Criminal Clients in Kabul Kabul Past December 1, 2010 – November 30, 2011
U.S. Embassy in Kabul Increasing Women's Awareness of their Fundamental Human and Political Rights Takhar and Panjshir provinces Past   July 1, 2009 – September 30, 2015
U.S. Embassy in Kabul Increasing Women's Awareness of their Fundamental Human and Political Rights Balkh & Takhar provinces Past April 1, 2011 – July 31, 2011
International Bridges to Justice Awareness and representation of criminal clients in Kabul Kabul Past   February 1, 2011 – January 31, 2012
U.S. Embassy in Kabul Increasing Women's Awareness of their Fundamental Human and Political Rights Kapisa Past Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2012
National Endowment for Democracy Advocacy surrounding Violence Against Women Law and NGO Coordination Board Kapisa, Parwan, Panjshir, Baghlan, Kundoz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Balkh, Nengarhar, Laghman Past July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
National Endowment for Democracy Paralegal training course, Hotline and Coordination Board Kundoz Past Oct 1, 2012 - Sep 31, 2013
UN women Increasing Women’s Access to Justice Nengarhar,Kunar,Laghman,Badakhshan, Paktia,Paktica,Kandahar,Helmand,Nemrooz Past Jan-July 2013
UNDP/LOFFA Strengthening women police Kabul and Kundoz Past Oct 2012-Jan 2014
Mama Cash     Para-legal training awareness economic rights for women in Kabul districts, Parwan, Kapisa and Takhar Kabul districts (Guldara & Shakardara), Kapisa, Parwan and Takhar Past March 15 2011 – Sep 30, 2014
KIOS Through HIRN(India) Legal discussion(debate ) Kabul Past 14-15 Sep 2013
KIOS Through HIRN(India) Legal discussion(debate ) Kabul Past 29-30Nov 2013
KIOS Legal Aid for Badakhshan Badakhshan Past May 1, 2012 - Oct 31, 2014
Global Rights Access to Justice for Kabul family court’s clients Kabul and its districts past July 2009-Nov 30, 2014
OSA Expanding Access to Justice for Civil and Criminal Court Clients in Kundoz and Khost Provinces, Afghanistan Kundoz ,Khost and Paktia Current February 1, 2011 – April 31, 2015
USIP Community legal advisory and para-legal training Takhar Current Dec 1, 2013- Dec 30, 2014
USIP Women and Islamic Rights Kabul Current 1 August 2014-30 May 2015
UN Women Support EVAW commission Baghlan, Badkhshan, Laghman, Nengarhar, Herat and Kandahar Current 1 May 2014-30 April 2015
UN Women Family Guidance Center Laghman and Kahndahar Current 1 Nov 2014 -30 Oct 2015