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The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession.

We have two principal approaches to fulfilling our mission. We provide legal representation to civil society organizations, as well as international human rights bodies, around the world, with frequent collaboration by leading law firms on a pro bono basis. In this representation, the Vance Center advises clients with missions and projects in three areas. Please click here to learn more about them.

We also build the capacity of the legal profession to pursue pro bono practice, ethics, and diversity through our Program on Strengthening the Legal Profession, which engages law firms, bar associations, law schools, and pro bono clearinghouses with innovative initiatives, including Women in the Profession, African Legal Fellows, and the Pro Bono Initiative for the Americas.

The Vance Center manages the Pro Bono Network of the Americas, along with Fundación Pro Bono Chile, and supports the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, as well as other international human rights bodies. The Vance Center also supports the Alliance for Marriage in the Americas, a collaboration of U.S. and Latin American lawyers, led by Vance Center Committee member Hunter Carter of Arent Fox and Fundacion Pro Bono Chile board member Ciro Colombara of Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers.

The Vance Center is a member of the International Coalition on the Responsibility to Protect, the International Legal Assistance Consortium, and the Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, we have consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.


We proudly take our name from Cyrus R. Vance - former U.S. Secretary of State, New York City Bar Association President, and prominent private lawyer – who exemplified ironclad commitment to fundamental rights through collaborative problem solving and the ethical imperative of pro bono practice.