In April 2017 we set up a legal clinic in Athens. Since then, and thanks to all our volunteers and the support we have received so far, we have been able to send out over 60 UK volunteer asylum lawyers. They have advised and assisted over 400 refugees.
There is an acute lack of legal aid and representation for refugees in Greece. Thousands of vulnerable adults and children are left stranded, unaware of their rights, separated from family members, and unable to have their cases heard.
We work with refugee interpreters and Greek NGOs. Our volunteer lawyers give free expert legal advice, a basic and necessary human right.
Our work has led directly to many of our clients being granted refugee status and many more being reunited with their families in Germany, Switzerland, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway and the UK.
They have waited months and often years.
We need to continue with this work. There is a desperate need for it. Please help us raise funds.
Since July 2018 we have been hosted by Greek refugee charity, SolidarityNow and work closely with their lawyers. Our clinic is run by our Greek coordinator, who is supported by a UK volunteer. We train and work with a team of refugee interpreters and have recently hired a Greek lawyer. Our clients come to us either as walk-ins to the clinic or by referral from other Greek organisations.
A critical aspect of our work is that our continuous flow of UK volunteer asylum lawyers to Athens ensures that the clinic has capacity to take on urgent new cases, which cannot be assisted by Greek lawyers working in the field.
Since we started we have collaborated with many grassroots organisations and community centres in Athens to reach those refugee communities who would otherwise be left without any legal support.
In recognition of our work, in March 2018 we won the LexisNexis Legal Awards Pro BonoAward.
In the summer of 2015, an unprecedented number of refugees and migrants arrived on the shores of Europe. Three years later, the short-term ‘crisis’ has become an enduring nightmare for tens of thousands of people who came to Europe in search of safety.
Under EU law, the Dublin Regulation protects families by providing that refugees with family members in other EU countries are reunited. Many refugees are unaware of their rights and left to navigate this highly complex system on their own.
It is within this context that providing a high standard of legal advice and support for refugees is essential.
Why we need your help
All donations go towards the running costs of our clinic, our dedicated team of Greek staff and our refugee interpreters. Please help us reach our target of £10,000.
Your donations will make a real difference. You can read about our work, as told by our clients here.
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