August 26, 2020 Print

A new initiative of Fundación Libertad, an Atlas Network partner in Argentina, is preserving civil liberties and equality in the Argentine court system, through precedent-setting victories. 

Launched in 2018, the Liberty through Justice initiative takes a unique approach to advocating freedom by taking the arguments directly to the courts. “The goal of the Liberty through Justice initiative,” explained Fundación Libertad’s director of legal investigation, Garret Edwards, “is to provide free legal resources to people in Argentina who either do not possess the means or have not found a proper way to have their rights defended and guaranteed, in particular when it comes to cases relating to freedom in all of its senses, and human rights.”

Fundación Libertad has offered representation and guidance to a private business owner who was harassed by government bureaucrats and regulators, as well as two teachers who were unfairly targeted by their local districts. 

So far, the team has presented three cases to the courts and won two legal precedents—the right to an attorney, and the right to seek damages if a labor relationship is terminated due to discrimination. 

The Liberty through Justice initiative also has over 20 active cases that have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Edwards is confident they’ll be back on the docket next year. “We plan on continuing this initiative and to be available to tackle violations of rights that may arise in the upcoming months and years due to the current government,” he concluded. Which has shown so far that they plan to introduce a judicial reform that might have a harmful impact on laymen and women, and benefit indicted politicians from their party. It is now more important than ever before to be a voice of legal soundness.”

Atlas Network supported this initiative with a grant.