DLA have been working in partnership with Unicef for a number of years providing vital funding for its work in Africa combating HIV and Aids as well as raising much needed financial support for Unicef's educational programmes.
In 2010, DLA Piper and Unicef initiated a new dimension to their partnership through the provision of free legal advice to Unicef's UK team, together with a series of free legal workshops designed to help build and develop Unicef's capacity.
In April 2013 the partnership entered a ground breaking new phase and will support significant expansion and development of our global child justice work.
Through the three year partnership, DLA Piper will pledge up to US$1.5 million through corporate donations and fundraising, with DLA Piper employees encouraged and supported to work together to raise funds for this critical area of Unicef’s work.
In addition, DLA Piper will provide pro bono assistance to the UK Committee for Unicef to the value of an additional $5m in support of, and for the benefit of, Unicef’s global child justice programme. The UK Committee for Unicef will receive and manage volunteers from DLA Piper’s international staff who will be supporting child justice work. This will include contributing to Unicef’s work in preparing tools and training resources in the area of justice for children, which will be carried out in collaboration with the global Unicef child protection team.
Examples include background materials and research support for the development of a ‘Justice for Children’ handbook and a training package for child protection staff on the analysis of the child justice landscape at the country level.
The partnership will initially be supporting our child justice work in Bangladesh, where DLA Piper’s support will help to improve the standards of care and treatment for children who come into contact with the law as victims, witnesses and offenders.
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