PILnet obtained critical pro bono support for the German organization Human Rights Matter, which protects human rights defenders in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Human Rights Matter needed assistance determining its compliance with German labor and tax laws, which is just the kind of expertise that most small organizations lack but can helpfully be provided by pro bono lawyers. That kind of expertise bolsters the healthy operational functioning of an organization, allowing them the ability to carry out their important human rights work. PILnet quickly sourced pro bono lawyers with the capacity and commitment to help. Thanks to PILnet, Human Rights Matter was successfully registered in Berlin, and with the help of a second law firm advising it on ongoing compliance with German regulations, Human Rights Matter is protecting those  who risk their lives to defend human rights principles.