Niterói, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro, is the first city in the country to receive a Legal Clinic dedicated exclusively to the LGBTQIA+ population. The project is a partnership between the city hall and the Law School of the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), the Euclides da Cunha Foundation (FEC), a non-profit institution that encourages research, and the Grupo Diversidade Niterói.
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The Legal Clinic’s proposal is to offer free assistance to guarantee the basic rights of the LGBTQIA+ population, such as health, housing, food, transportation, civil name and education. In addition, according to the coordinators, the project is a learning opportunity based on the study of concrete cases.
The team has five scholarship students and nine volunteers from the Law and Audiovisual course at UFF. In addition to assistance, the group promotes seminars on public policies, a preparatory course for the admission of LGBTQIA+ people to graduate studies, booklets on civil marriage between people of the same sex and alteration of the civil registry in the case of transvestites and transsexuals.
One of the project’s coordinators, Professor Carla Appollinario, states that “the actions and activities of the Clinic, although initially aimed at the LGBTQIA+ community in Niterói, have contributed to the dissemination of a popular education model that is guided by respect for the life and diversity not only of those who fit this specific profile, but of society as a whole”.
The consultations at the Niterói Legal Clinic are carried out remotely or in person, with prior appointment through the format the UFF Law School or at the headquarters of Grupo Diversidade Niterói, located at Avenida Visconde do Rio Branco, in the city center.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Clívia Mesquita