Advocates for Community Accountability (ACA) is a U.S.- and Ghana-based non-profit organization that puts legal and organizing tools in the hands of threatened West African communities. ACA is building an ecosystem of lawyers and other experts who collaborate with communities to defend communities’ rights and pursue their own vision of development in the face of destructive resource extraction operations driven by foreign investment. ACA helps mobilize communities to define for themselves a vision for the future that is appropriate for them. And ACA helps them fight for and reach that future through community-driven development planning, financial support, and legal assistance.
Lalla Moulati Touré is a Malian jurist with over a decade of experience leading legal advocacy struggles for human rights in her home country. Prior to joining ACA, she worked for the Association Malien des Droits de l’Homme, the International Federation for Human rights, and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. She founded a legal clinic in Gao to assist enslaved Malians, supported farming communities that were in danger of losing their land, and assisted workers in unfair dismissal cases. Lalla has been involved with many cases before the Malian courts, as well as the African Commission and African Court of Human and People’s Rights. She holds a Masters Degree in human rights from the University of Nantes as well as a legal degree from the University of Mali.