We are partnered with ABA ROLI, the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, a Washington D.C.-based international development arm of the ABA. Since 1990, ABA ROLI has worked with partners in more than 100 countries to build sustainable institutions and societies that deliver justice, foster economic opportunity and ensure respect for human dignity. These efforts seek to strengthen legal institutions, support legal professionals, foster respect for human rights and advance public understanding of the law and of citizen rights. Each of these efforts contributes toward a more hospitable environment for rule of law in our host countries and, ultimately, worldwide. You can learn more about ABA ROLI’s work here.
All of the money raised by Cynthia’s Sisters goes directly to the ABA ROLI Legal Scholarship Fund for Congolese women. This ABA ROLI fund was first established by an American human rights activist, Amy Rao, who went to the Congo, and was shocked by the abuses women she met had suffered. Amy was inspired by the work of a handful of female Congolese lawyers working with ABA ROLI to fight sexual violence and protect women’s rights, and the commitment of struggling law students to carry on this work, and created the scholarship fund to support ABA ROLI to create lasting, systemic change.
Cynthia’s Sister’s raises money through private donations from individuals, law firms, and family foundations. All donations go to the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE), a qualified exempt fund under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which was created to accept gifts and grants to support the ABA’s public service work. All contributions to the FJE are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Please watch the video to the right to learn about combating sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and ABA ROLI, the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative.