With the help of the firms Allende & Brea, Beccar Varela, and Marval O’Farrell Mairal, the Pro Bono Commission has received a financial contribution from the IBA.
On April 22, 2021, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the IBA Foundation announced the first charities to receive either GBP10,000 or US$10,000 from a new funding program set up to support frontline legal aid providers around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among six other organizations, the Comisión de Trabajo Pro Bono e Interés Público (Argentina) will receive £10,000 in aid thanks to nomination from Argentine IBA members Allende & Brea, Beccar Varela, and Marval O’Farrell Mairal.
Sternford Moyo, IBA President and Senior Partner and Chairman at the Zimbabwean law firm Scanlen & Holderness, said, “The chosen charities represent the manifold needs of people seeking help and whose difficult circumstances have often been sharply amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are the most vulnerable people in societies and are being denied full access to justice as legal aid is cut in many jurisdictions. I am delighted that, with the support of IBA members, we have been able to provide a financial contribution to the essential work of legal aid teams, and that through the invaluable assistance of our international law firm group members, charities with diverse focus and geographical spread have been identified to receive portions of this funding.”
Delfina Balestra, Executive Director of the Comisión de Trabajo Pro Bono e Interés Público (Argentina), said, “This great news thrills all the members of the Commission. It is a source of hope in this crisis scenario that will allow us both to accelerate ongoing projects and to carry out other pending projects that also need immediate attention.”