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Legal Aid Delivers Justice in Indonesia
Millions of poor and marginalized Indonesians live without the full protection of the law. Securing access to justice for these citizens is a vital component of reducing poverty and vulnerability and delivering democratic governance. In July 2013, Indonesia launched a nationally funded legal aid system, and now 310 organizations have been accredited to deliver legal aid to poor Indonesians, supported by the state budget. Although legal aid has only recently been formalized in Indonesian law, the tradition of legal aid providers dates back decades in Indonesia, and the national network of legal aid institutes, known as Lembaga Bantuan Hukum (LBH), are present in almost every major urban center, providing services to poor and vulnerable citizens. Dina Afrianty takes a look at the range of outreach and services managed by these civil society organizations in Jakarta and Makassar. Photos by Ed Wray.