Droits quotidiens

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Droits quotidiens

Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
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Didier Ketls founded Droits Quotidiens to train social workers as legal intermediaries who simplify the law and help disadvantaged groups resolve legal disputes quickly and fairly. His approach prevents disadvantaged people from getting caught in the bureaucracy of social and legal help for matters such as housing, debt repayment, or health and family problems—many of which can be worked out without ever needing a lawyer.

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To prevent disadvantaged people from getting caught in the legal system, Droits Quotidiens provides assistance by training social service workers who work most closely with disadvantaged groups to become legal intermediaries. All across Europe, social workers from different social security, medical, and welfare centers, are at the forefront of combating social exclusion. With basic training they can become confident legal advisers that anticipate potential legal complications and work with clients them as quickly and simply as possible. Given that a single trial typically costs Belgium’s local government €3,000 (US$3,890), Didier’s prevention system is easing the financial burden legal action takes on both society and the state, in addition to giving a new role to social workers. Didier’s approach is people centered. He uses laws and regulations as tools for solutions, rather than expecting people and their problems to adjust around the requirements of the law. Droits Quotidiens’s multifaceted approach includes training programs for social workers, a legal journal for the general public, a regularly updated online database, and a hotline for all matters related to social exclusion, without specializing in a particular branch of law. Most importantly, Didier focuses on real-life situations and on understanding the needs of those living in poverty. He is progressively shifting the professional identity of lawyers and the attitudes of lawmakers by demonstrating the necessity to simplify the law and the advantages of making it more accessible and more concrete to those most marginalized in society. Didier works with networks of lawyers and social worker unions in France, Flanders, and Canada who want to apply the same framework in their local contexts.