BLAST is one of the largest legal services organizations in Bangladesh, operating in over nineteen districts. BLAST has certain unique features as a legal services organization. First, it assists both women and men. Second, it undertakes extensive criminal defense work and has a considerable specialization in labour law, in addition to expertise on family and land law. BLAST is the only NGO able to provide access to legal aid across the spectrum from the front lines of the formal justice system to the apex court.
BLAST monitors the impact of its activities in order to improve its services. Interviews of lawyers and former clients measure satisfaction with BLAST’s services as well as the long-term impact of mediation and dispute settlements. In 2009, more than 84% of interviewed clients reported an improvement in their lifestyle following BLAST intervention.