In order to effectively confront the different types of violence and other expressions of injustice against vulnerable people and communities, we implement a “circle of justice,” which consists of three key components.
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Prevention consists of empowering individuals and communities to learn, defend, and advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable members in their society. We also work to strengthen public institutions to ensure that they function properly in meeting the needs of the people they serve.
Individuals and communities exercising their rights and responsibilities and the existence of properly functioning public institutions are the best ways to prevent abuse of power and other expressions of injustice.
Intervention is necessary when individuals and/or communities require holistic care and support such as legal, psychological, or humanitarian assistance as well as representation services before public institutions in order to demand the immediate cessation of a practice or behavior that violates a fundamental right.
It is imperative to stand up with those who suffer violations of their fundamental rights so that justice can become a reality rather than just an empty promise.
Reform entails the changing of policies, laws, and procedures that perpetuate injustice, and developing new, meaningful connections between ordinary individuals and those in power, to ensure that their voices are heard, their dignity honored, and their rights are respected.
This is the key difference between doing charity and actually seeking justice.