San Juan – The Fundación Fondo de Acceso a la Justicia (FFAJ) announced on Friday, its third call for the Charles Hey Maestre Scholarship Program 2020-2021, through which a new lawyer will be selected to work on an access to justice project. Justice.
The scholarship consists of an annual stipend of $ 38,000. Applicants are required to work on an access to justice project for the benefit of a vulnerable population, through a non-profit entity.
“One of the goals of our foundation is to promote the accessibility of free legal services to historically marginalized populations. To achieve this, we need to have professionals committed to defending human rights. We urge lawyers to apply for this scholarship and begin their careers using their ability and knowledge of the law in favor of social justice, ”said Amaris Torres Rivera, executive director of the FFAJ in written statements.
“Through this scholarship we are honoring the memory of Mr. Charles Hey Maestre, who dedicated his life to defending people in poverty and representing civil rights struggles. It is a true privilege that we have the opportunity to deliver this recognition for the third consecutive year where we make one of the dreams of Charles Hey Maestre (RIP) come true, ”added José E. Colón Santana, president of the institution.
The chosen lawyer must have less than five years of experience in the legal profession and aspire to be trained in the field of human rights and public interest, through work with non-profit or community-based organizations.
In turn, it will have to present an innovative proposal for services that promote access to justice, which must be approved by the FFAJ.
The Charles Hey Maestre Scholarship was created in 2018 with the aim of honoring the legacy of Mr. Charles Hey Maestre, who distinguished himself for his strong commitment to accessing justice to the most needy and marginalized populations, as well as for his fight for the civil rights of the victims of the State.
Lawyers Linette Rivera Maldonado and María Suárez, recipients of the scholarship in 2018 and 2019, through the Casa Juana Colón and the Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos, respectively, have dedicated themselves to their work of providing access to justice to women victims of gender violence with extraordinary results.