Rights-based Community Practice (RBCP) Centres
The eleven RBCP centres currently in operation were developed in cooperation with ICAN's Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian partners. They were established in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the three societies, and though autonomous, they function under a shared conceptual umbrella.
Common practice structures that characterize the centres:
- They are located in the most disadvantaged and the most ethnically diverse communities in their respective cities. The centre’s location makes access for the poorest populations, those most disentitled, readily available.
- The centres offer walk-in services to address personal experiences of disentitlement. The service is offered primarily by volunteers from the community, many of whom have themselves experienced disentitlement and been assisted by the centres.
- The centres are volunteer-based. Community volunteers participate in decision making processes that impact on the policies of the practice centres, allowing for civilian oversight at different levels of policy and programming.
- The centres maintain a combined approach employing both social workers and lawyers, allowing non-state actors to take legal ownership and enhance civilian oversight of the legal system.
- The centres engage in outreach work to identify common legal and social issues of disentitlement and recruit the community and volunteers to organize around them.
- The centres counter communal, institutional and political levels of disentitlement through community organization, legal action and empowerment.
- Finally, the centres are academically linked, providing community residents with academic and institutional resources, and universities with progressive learning environments for community practice, research and volunteering.