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Homa Bay Catholic Justice and Peace Commission.

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) was established on the mandate of the Kenya Episcopal Conference as promulgated on 1st January 1988 in “Justice and Peace Commission, a Pastoral Letter of the Bishops”, Nairobi 1988. In the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay CJPC was founded in the year 1993 at time of the inception of the Diocese in Homa Bay. The formal name of the person coordinating the project is the Executive Secretary who covers the diocese comprising Migori and Homa Bay Counties. CJPC is the executive organ of the Homa Bay Diocese for Justice and Peace issues. It fulfils the Diocese’s objectives to promote justice and challenge oppressive structures of governance in Kenya.

Lenten Campaign.

The Annual Lenten Campaigns broad objective is to sensitize Christians on issues that affect society and how they relate to the social teachings of the church. The Justice and Peace is charged with the development of the Lenten campaign. This year’s theme was “The Dawn of a New Hope: Implementing the New Constitution”.

Paralegal Initiative.

The paralegal initiative programme is tasked with helping the community prepare for closings of their cases, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals also investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered. They also identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases. After they analyze and organize the information, paralegals may prepare written reports that the court uses in determining how cases should be handled.

Peace Building.

In this programme much of the work still occurs in places that are recovering from or are on the edge of violence and war. Over time we have learned that the way we do our emergency and development programming helps prevent or transform conflicts. If we ignore conflicts and their underlying causes then our work prolongs the conflict by providing new resources to the warring parties (like food and supplies), or our programs are destroyed in the chaos and violence. If we help our partners address the injustices in their society that cause conflict and facilitate respectful relationships between conflicting parties then our work together builds sustainable peace.

Civic Education.

The paralegal initiative programme is tasked with helping the community prepare for closings of their cases, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals also investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered. They also identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases. After they analyze and organize the information, paralegals may prepare written reports that the court uses in determining how cases should be handled.