Madaripur Legal Aid Association (MLAA) was established in 1978 and is a rights- based organisation in the legal and human rights sector of Bangladesh. It has a vision for establishing peace, justice and harmony in the community through various initiatives. MLAA upholds the philosophy that justice must be easily and equally accessible to every citizen in a society governed by the rule of law. MLAA believes in integrity, justice, governance, and accountability in the way it works with oppressed, vulnerable and deprived people.
MLAA began by providing free legal assistance in the formal courts, a service that it still provides today. It upholds human rights through: encouraging legal literacy; human rights education; and advocating for law and policy reform to make justice accessible to all. MLAA started its journey in Madaripur, Shariatpur and Gopalgong districts and gradually expanded its working area to other parts of the country, now covering 12 more districts.