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As a result of a series of factors such as lack of information, high economic costs (direct and indirect), the perception of corruption, extreme formalism, delays, geographic location and origin and the structure of the courts themselves, access to justice is full of obstacles for the population. This is accentuated for the most disadvantaged groups or those in a position of vulnerability, which includes those who face special difficulties exercising their full rights as recognized by the legal order due to their age, gender, physical or mental condition or social, economic, ethnic and/or cultural circumstances.

Some of the most common causes of vulnerability in Latin America, which have been taken up in instruments such as the Brasilia Rules on Access to Justice for Vulnerable Persons, include belonging to indigenous communities or minorities, migration and internal displacement, poverty and gender. Of course, the concrete identification of people in this condition will depend on their specific characteristics or even their level of social and economic development.

This area of work takes up the various mechanisms and strategies that have been implemented in the region in the context of the justice reforms designed to expand access or provide judicial services that consider the special situation of those in conditions of vulnerability.





To research the various mechanisms and institutions implemented in the context of justice reforms in order to broaden access to or provide judicial services to people who are in vulnerable situations. 

To gather information on mechanisms implemented in this area.

To promote and encourage the exchange of best practices in this area. 





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