This department of protection and legal aid is the key result area number two of Puntland Human Rights Association priorities and deals. Also, the department is responsible for implementation of Goal 16 of Sustainable Development which supports peace, ending violence and promotes the rule of law. This department services both ordinary people such as internally displaced people, minority families, disables and also human right defenders as well.

The department, therefore, ensures self-protection mechanisms are in place and human rights defenders at risk are protected. It provides legal representation, medical and short-term relocation support. As part of self- protection, it provides training and devises self-protection mechanisms such as the guidelines on self-protection mechanisms to HRDs. Also, this department records human rights violations which then are used to issue Annual Report of Human Rights Situation in Puntland of Somalia.