ICAN is committed to the belief that the reduction of inequality and the promotion of civil society and social justice are intricately related to peace building and security. We use an approach called Rights-Based Community Practice in which Social Work and Law work together to promote the rule of law among people of diversity both within and between different social groups
All ICAN's centres employ social workers and lawyers and are situated in the heart of disadvantaged communities. We empower citizens to take charge of their lives with the means available locally, leading to local ownership of the empowerment process. Our centres provide access to social and legal aid such as:
- Adequate housing
- Legal rights
- Youth empowerment
- Programs for women victims of violence
- Care and access for the disabled, sick and elderly
- Referral services
- Public education
- Government policy research and more
Current ICAN Centres
ICAN's 11 centres have been developed in cooperation with Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian partners. Established in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the three countries, the centres are autonomous while they share these 7 key concepts:
7 Key Concepts of ICAN's Rights-Based Community Practice Centres:
- Located in the most disadvantaged and the most ethnically diverse communities in their respective cities.
- 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.
- 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.
- Employ social workers and lawyers, allowing non-state actors to take legal ownership and enhance civilian oversight of the legal system.
- Outreach work to identify common legal and social issues of disentitlement and recruit the community and volunteers to organize around them.
- Counter disentitlement through community organization, legal action and empowerment.
- Academically linked providing community residents with academic and institutional resources, and universities with progressive learning environments for community practice, research and volunteering.