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Microjusticia Bolivia

Microjusticia Bolivia (MJB) was established in 2007 on the basis of the experience of Microjustice4All (MJ4All) in the former Yugoslavia, working with a group of young Bolivian lawyers. Currently the foundation has programs in La Paz, El Alto, Oruro, and Cochabamba.

 

During the first years MJB focused mainly on helping people obtain valid birth certificates and identity documents so that they could access the new state pension and other social benefits. Based on the experience with civil documentation, MJB published lobbying reports and participated in meetings aimed at simplifying the procedures. In 2011, these efforts contributed to a change in the laws and the creation of a new government institution responsible for civil documentation (Servicio de Registro Civico, SERECI). Since, the procedures for getting correct civil documentation are much more accessible.


Currently, MJB focuses mainly on registration of property rights related to housing.

 

  • Around 600.000 urban homeowners have incomplete legal property documentation or no documentation at all; and
  • about 80% of the existing titles contain errors - and are thus invalid.

 

This puts homeowners in a vulnerable position, as they are at constant risk of losing their property. MJB collaborates with the government agency (PROREVI) responsible for the implementation of a new law that simplifies procedures for registering ownership of a house during three years, and provides advice and assistance to a fast increasing number of people who want to regularize their papers once and for all.

 

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Meet the Bolivian team:

Maria Choque Ajata has been the Director of the Foundation Microjusticia Bolivia since 2010. In 2007 she was a member of the team that founded the first Microjustice program in the world. This experience changed her life completely: working for an organization dedicated at giving legal assistance to the most vulnerable part of the population gave her the opportunity to become a useful person for society. Today, she still finds much satisfaction in her work to promote changes in the Bolivian legal system and she plans to keep working for this objective for a long time. She considers herself a transparent person with stable principles and a deep respect other people. She is convinced that any change in society starts with one-self.

Miriam Colque Flores grew up and still lives in La Paz, a city that she considers to be the best of Bolivia, even though it has too many social conflicts. Her small family and her pets are the most important things in her life. She is religious, likes alternative rock, swimming, and Formula 1. She is a lawyer specialized in criminal law and human rights. These subjects interest her because they change in accordance with changes in society. Joining MJB has given her the opportunity to work with people who need legal assistance, both by helping them directly to solve their legal cases and by lobbying in order to promote institutional and legal changes that benefit the population. Her personal goals in MJB are: educating the population on their basic rights and creating a network of lawyers that use their practical experience and legal knowledge to contribute to the creation of a better legal system in Bolivia.
Jacqueline Quispe studied law at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz, and has always wanted to use her skills to serve the poor population. In 2003 she worked with World Vision Bolivia and from 2004 to 2007 she volunteered with the organization ‘Capacitación y Derechos Ciudadanos’, where she organized capacity building, conciliation and legal orientation activities for vulnerable people. Both experiences strengthened her passion to dedicate her career to providing legal assistance to the people that most need it. In 2007, she joined MJB, the World’s first Microjustice program. As Head of the Social and Networking Area, her goal is to keep strengthening MJB, a program that does not only provide legal assessment and assistance to vulnerable population groups in Bolivia, but also serves as an example to all other Microjustice programs in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

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