The Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund (“the Fund”) is a legal and public policy non-government organization based in the United States. Our attorneys and public policy professionals defend wrongfully persecuted persons targeted by repressive governments as well as other persons denied the ability to freely exercise fundamental liberties in stable or established democracies.
Individuals the world over are denied the right to freely own property, worship as they please or say what they want. Most of the cases that our lawyers support arise in other nations. However, we also defend persons in the United States, and other democracies were out of control local or state governments implement or enforce laws and regulations that violate, at times subtlety, the fundamental rights of its citizens.
We believe firmly in local accountability. For cases arising in foreign nations, our mission is to provide local counsel the legal and political cover they need to resolve legal and political disputes, locally. We do this, in part, by always working and supporting local counsel defend persons in domestic courts rather than advocating in international bodies or tribunals such as the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council, among others.
Only local solutions can engender the long-term benefits needed to create a stable civil society where every individual can live free; however, in many countries, weak democratic institutions and a lack of rule of law make it difficult for wrongly persecuted persons to find justice. Despite the challenges, we believe that even in nations with weak legal systems, every effort should be made to resolve political and legal conflicts locally, before pursuing regional or international processes that usually involve un-elected and politically un-accountable international organizations and NGOs.
Headquartered in the United States, but working with legal and other public policy professionals internationally, the Fund’s legal and public policy teams have experience working with, and helping, unjustly persecuted persons from the around the world.
Prior to the creation of the Fund, Fund lawyers and public policy professionals have worked on matters, both in the private sector and during government service involving Cuba, Iran, China, North Korea, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Ecuador, Russia, and many more.
In some cases, moving quickly on multiple fronts and forums in several countries can make the difference, especially when the personal safety or liberty of the person is at stake. We believe the individuals, working in concert with others in their station in life, not governments, are the best change agents. To that end our legal and public policy professionals in the United States team with local experts to do their work.
The Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and helps defray legal fees and other expenses associated with defending these complex cases. Contributions are tax deductible. Follow this PayPal link to make a donation today!
Potential cases and clients are screened for eligibility as well as the ability to pay and based on the resources of the Fund. Even if nominal, we believe that every client should contribute something to his or her defense. Only clients who have made a prima facie case of persecution or violation of their fundamental rights will be considered.