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Ecuador – Legal Assistance Services in Civil Society Organizations

Checchi designed and implemented a Defense Model for Ecuadoran civil society organizations that provide criminal defense services for those unable to afford legal counsel. The Model was developed in accordance with ISO 9000 quality standards, including the implementation of strategic planning systems, the revision of administrative procedures and the development of training plans. The Checchi team then assisted seven pilot Legal Assistance Centers in various regions of the country in applying the Model and strengthening their capacity to provide effective criminal defense services. The team also provided technical support for the development of an automated case management system.