Free Legal Aid Clinic Set For Feb. 1

1 | January 27, 2014 0 Page 1 of 1 Fort Bend Lawyers Care will offer free legal aid from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, atCalvary Episcopal Church in Richmond. According to a press release from Fort Bend Lawyers Care, "This legal-aid clinic is open to qualified low-income residents of Fort Bend County with civil legal questions. Veterans who are low-income Fort Bend County residents are especially encouraged to attend this legal aid event. Please call FBLC to pre-qualify for this service." Calvary Episcopal Church is at 806 Thompson Road. For more information, call 281-239-0015, visit or email visit

Rwandans Receive Free Legal Aid

5. The attorney from Legal Services will visit from 10 a.m. to noon that day to provide no-cost legal assistance to low-income individuals experiencing civil legal problems but not criminal or traffic court matters. Copyright 2014 Daily Journal Online. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags visit

Free legal advice for civil cases

The Rwanda Legal Aid Project is a four-year initiative managed by the group Lawyers without Borders (Avocats sans Frontieres). Funded by the United States Agency for International Development the project is designed to give free legal advice from professional Rwandan lawyers to vulnerable Rwandans, meaning mostly people who are poor, orphans, and those with HIV or AIDS. Lawyer Pascal Dusengeyeru gives legal advice to his client, Bernadine Nyiramugisha. They are sitting inside a room in the Gisenyi Legal Aid Clinic, located on a dirt road just a few minutes from the center of Gisenyi in northwest Rwanda, a city of about 350,000 people. Nyiramugisha explains why she came to the center from her hometown economy of Rugerero, about an hour and a half away. She says she lived with a man out of marriage and they had two children ... but after three years, the man left. She says he went to look for another woman and he married her. Now he will not recognize his children and he does not help her educate them. She came here to the legal aid center and they advised her to go to court so that the man would be ordered to help educate their children. "I went to court for the first time and I won," she says The alleged father appealed to a higher court and Nyiramugisha's victory was overturned. So she is back at the legal center working with her lawyer Pascal Dusengeyeru to prepare her own appeal. /// END OPT /// Dusengeyeru is one of more than 50 lawyers who works with Lawyers without Borders. Having worked for the legal aid center for about five months, he has helped about 30 Rwandans, mostly with paternity cases and land disputes. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center reports that land disputes are about 80 percent of the cases presented before provincial courts. Family members may claim they have been allocated an unfair share of an inherited piece of land. Making the problem worse, there are often no official documents to backup claims. Despite the challenges, Dusengeyeru said he has been successful in helping his clients. visit