For two decades Proyecto ACCESO, based at California Western School of Law, has promoted a better model of “sequencing” by facilitating the process by which legal reforms precede or run concurrently with the economic reforms that are prescribed by international financial institutions, regional aid agencies, and foreign lenders.
Moreover, we have developed new and more integrative solutions based on experience and understanding of local cultures. We have assisted in the construction of the New Political Constitution of the State of Bolivia, the drafting of model legislation for the Chilean Government, the introduction of judicial innovations to speed the administration of justice, the public education of civil society about the rule of law, and the training of the legal sector in new skills around the Western Hemisphere.
We have also empowered non-governmental organizations, indigenous groups, newly minted state institutions, university professors and students, and other members of civil society with the tools to increase access to justice.
ACCESO has broadly targeted most age groups and classes in society. We have trained thousands of judges, prosecutors, public defenders and private lawyers through our highly successful legal skills training workshops. We have also educated a new generation of children and at risk young adults about their legal rights so as to support the changes underway in the legal cultures of the region’s respective countries.
Through our work in over 15 countries, we have learned that each demographic group requires a unique approach to public education. What works with seasoned professionals in the legal sector will not be appealing to at risk youth nor the general public.
The ACCESO Team
The ACCESO Team is comprised of accomplished judges, prosecutors, public defenders, private lawyers, legal educators, multimedia artists and journalists all committed to promoting the rule of law in the Western Hemisphere. We are of the Americas - from as far afield as Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Paraguay, Perú, and the United States. For the last decade, Proyecto ACCESO has been the legal think-tank leading the charge for a better future in the Americas.