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Our Mission

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

Our Mission

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

We fulfill our mission through two approaches:

  1. We provide legal representation to civil society organizations, as well as international human rights bodies, around the world, in partnership with leading law firms on a pro bono basis.
  2. We build the capacity of the legal profession in pro bono practice ethics, and diversity by engaging law firms, bar associations, law schools, and pro bono clearinghouses with innovative initiatives.

The Vance Center co-manages the Pro Bono Network of the Americas with Fundación Pro Bono Chile and supports the Alliance for Marriage in the Americas.

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, and 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.

How We Work

Areas Of Practice

The Vance Center helps clients with legal matters in three thematic areas

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Programs

Build the legal profession’s capacity to pursue pro bono practice, ethics, and diversity

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Partners

We work with law firms, pro bono clearinghouses and bar associations among others for all of our activities

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Our Reach

Putting Global Justice On The Map In

135+ Countries

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belgium
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
The Democratic Republic of Congo
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Guatemala
Guinea
Haiti
Honduras
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Democratic Republic of korea
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Lebanon
Lithuania
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Norway
Oman
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Slovakia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Syrian Arab Republic
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States
United Republic of Tanzania
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietman
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Our Impact

255
Pro Bono projects
135
Clients
229
Law Firms outside
of the United States
945
Law Firm lawyers