The 2019 Dutch edition of DLA Piper's 12-week legal empowerment pro bono programme "Know Your Rights," recently wrapped up with a closing ceremony in our office in Amsterdam.
"Know Your Rights" was first launched in the Netherlands in October 2018, and this year's students, NGO partners, teachers and mentors will celebrate the end of a successful programme, sharing their experiences results of their work.
The firm continues to expand "Know Your Rights" across Europe, with sessions in Germany, Italy, Luxemburg and France. The programme seeks to empower asylum seekers and refugees by increasing their core legal knowledge and associated soft skills. The firm provides weekly training on various legal issues and their rights, to help attendees integrate better into society, become better advocates for their own interests, and pursue their professional and personal goals.
The course covers immigration, housing, employment, contracts, negotiation and sports. Each session seeks to empower attendees to navigate and make a success of their life in the Netherlands or their next destination, and this year writing and advocacy training was added to the programme.
Feedback has been very positive, one participant noting: "I am glad that I was part of this year's project. "Know Your Rights" is a springboard for the refugees and asylum seekers to achieve their dreams and aspirations" he said.