The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) continues the cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic aimed to improve the access to legal information and justice. On February 9, 2017 Minister of Justice Uran Akhmetov had a meeting with USAID Mission Director in the Kyrgyz Republic Kimberly Rosen and USAID CGP Chief of Party Mark Grubb to discuss further plans of their joint work.

During the meeting, the sides discussed a number of issues, including the opening of six new Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) in Batken, Jalal-Abad and Naryn regions to provide free legal aid for the population to address different legal issues. USAID representatives noted that they would be happy to support this initiative aimed to improve access to legal information and justice of citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic, and ready to provide assistance in opening six new regional FLACs as well as strengthening the capacity of whole network of regional FLACs in delivering legal services to the rural population. USAID/CGP plans to support opening of six more FLACs this year providing necessary furniture and equipment to expand ability of FLACs staff in the field.

In addition, the sides discussed issues of raising awareness among the population, including vulnerable groups and victims of domestic violence, on the existing network of regional FLACs of the Ministry of Justice and on the system of state-guaranteed legal aid, as well as on online map of legal aid service providers. Also, USAID Mission Director Kimberly Rosen and CGP Chief of Party Mark Grubb expressed their readiness to assist the Ministry of Justice to conduct periodic monitoring of the FLACs’ work in the regions to determine and address existing challenges in delivering legal services. At the end of the meeting, the participants expressed their willingness to further strengthen collaboration in the field of improving access to free legal aid and legal information for the population.

This initiative is supported by the USAID Collaborative Governance Program within its Rule of Law Component.

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Minister of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic (1st from the right) during the working meeting with Kimberly Rosen, USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Mission Director (2nd from the right), Cory Johnston, USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Democracy and Governance Office Director (1st from he left), Mark Grubb, USAID Collaborative Governance Program (2nd from the left), and Malika Malikova, Administration and Compliance Officer of CGP (in center).