Organization for Afghanistan Independent Defenders (AID) is a non-governmental and non-political organization providing legal assistance to needy and destitute and assists civil society actors with regards to legal issues. It endeavors to assist the creation of a justice system that is responsive, respects human rights of suspects, and where every citizen has access to legal counsel.
AID defended more than 30,000 cases over the course of its history and has proceeded with all phases of every single case, from preparation of file to defense in the court and post-trial procedures of Criminal, Civil, Commercial and especial cases related to women and children. The organization received cases either directly through people or indirectly through state and non-state organizations including but not limited to Courts, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Independent Bar Association (AIBA), United Nation organization, Afghanistan Red Crescent, Red Cross, and Embassies.
The organization, having 60 qualified practicing lawyers, aims to be national in scope and aspires to have offices in all provinces of Afghanistan. It has both the capacity and the desire, to expand its activities and increase its services.
Donors are encouraged to contact us to discuss our legal aid, women empowerment, research and training projects as well as the expansion of legal aid services in specific areas for particularly vulnerabilities.
AID was originally established in 2006 under the name of Legal Aid Organization of Afghanistan by a group of Afghan defense lawyers and law professors as an independent, non-political and non-profit organization. Its name was changed based on a decision of its board of directors with an aim to broaden its scope of work while keeping it streamlined on providing legal aid to indigent and help promote the rule of law in Afghanistan. The organization, as a multi-funded entity, received grants from UNHCR, GIZ, UNDP, UNODC and other donors strengthening legal infrastructure and promoting legal awareness among Afghans.