New Practices Notes on Best Practices on Case Management, Digital Security and Evaluation of Strategic Litigation Against Torture
Organisations around the world frequently face common challenges in relation to managing and evaluating strategic litigation against torture, however, there has been little by way of mutual exchanges of information on how best to address and overcome these issues.
Poor management of cases can have a direct negative impact on survivors pursuing justice and accountability. For this reason, it’s important to become aware of best practices. Recognising this, REDRESS has published two new practice notes on Case Management and Digital Security and on Evaluating the Impact of Strategic Litigation against Torture. These practice notes are the result of a consultative process and build on discussions and workshops held earlier this year.
In November 2022, REDRESS, with the support of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT), hosted four online workshops where participants discussed common challenges and best practices in case management, digital security, and the evaluation of strategic litigation against torture. These workshops provided an opportunity for NGOs from the Asian, African, and Latin American regions working in the anti-torture and broader human rights movement to share experiences on case management and the security threats they face in their work.
Topics included how to maintain and ensure confidentiality and consent, good practices for dealing with enquiries, onboarding new clients, and methods for building survivor-centred case strategies. The second session on digital security challenged participants to reflect on how they assess, manage, and mitigate digital risks associated with their work. The final session discussed the impact of strategic litigation and proposed a framework for evaluation.
REDRESS is also grateful to the Matrix Causes Fund, which also supported the production of the practice notes.