Volunteer legal aid campaign benefits 1 million needy Chinese

09:11, July 12, 2011      

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A volunteer legal aid campaign has benefited over a million people since it was founded two years ago, according to the China Legal Aid Foundation.

The figure was released during a Monday meeting which was held for the purpose of reviewing the campaign's progress in 2010.

The "1+1 Volunteer Legal Aid Campaign" was kicked off in July 2009 and has been co-organized by the Ministry of Justice, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and the China Legal Aid Foundation.

Over the past two years, more than 300 volunteer lawyers and law students have been sent to 130 counties in 19 provincial regions across the country to "bring justice to people living in hardship," according to Gu Xiulian, the foundation's honorary chairwoman.

Volunteers have handled over 10,000 cases and helped more than one million people, including disabled people, senior citizens, juveniles, women and migrant workers.

Yue Xuanyi, chairman of the foundation, said that many lawyers applied to volunteer for the campaign in 2011, with many of them having a great deal of experience. This year's campaign will see 110 volunteers being sent to regions across China to dispense legal advice and assistance to those in need, Yue said.

Source: Xinhua
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