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'Yo Amo Pro Bono' Focuses on Latin America Legal Partnerships


Pro bono might be a Latin term, but we think it's an international language.

Public Counsel is a member of the International Pro Bono Committee, a body organized by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. Public Counsel attorneys have worked with the Vance Center to promote access to justice across the Americas.

Public Counsel's Gina Amato Lough flew to Bogotá, Colombia, in March 2012 to meet with attorneys spreading the idea of legal partnerships across Latin America.

The Bogotá meeting focused on issues facing women lawyers in Colombia and efforts to bring NGOs and private law firms together to protect the rights of the disabled, elderly, poor, and other marginalized communities. 

"It was inspiring to meet so many women attorneys from all over Latin America who are fighting for their own advancement, while working to create a more just society in their respective countries," says Gina Amato Lough, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Counsel. 

Public Counsel is also working to implement the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, which requires attorneys to complete 20 hours of pro bono work per year.  13 countries in Latin America have signed onto the Declaration to date and the number continues to grow.

Click here to read more about the meeting at the Cyrus Vance Center website.