International Development Law Organization

Legal Services for Migrant Women

IDLO is working in Costa Rica with the European Union’s EUROsociAL program to empower migrant women and refugees who are victims of violence. The project, supported by Costa Rica’s judiciary and France Expertise Internationale (FEI), provides orientation and legal assistance to vulnerable migrant women, in line with the Brasilia Regulations on Access to Justice. As part of this program, IDLO has built the capacity of community leaders and civil society representatives working with migrant women in the remote town of Upala, on the Nicaraguan frontier. We have also sponsored a study visit to France and Belgium for officials to learn best practices on promoting migrants’ legal access. The model for institutional co-ordination created by IDLO has established a legal aid provision standard for women victims of violence beyond Costa Rica's borders.