Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) and Advocates Abroad collaborate most often on police brutality and civil rights violations claims in Greece to ensure asylum seekers are fully protected under the law and applicable fundamental human rights. This strong and valued partnership combines both the skill of experienced Greek human rights lawyers and the energy and versatility of attorneys from diverse backgrounds who often speak the two or three languages of many refugee populations.
AsyLex is a Swiss non-profit organisation, which supports asylum seekers in their procedure by providing free legal aid. All of Asylex activities are financed by donations and made possible by a team of 50 volunteers. Advocates Abroad and Asylex have cooperated on a number of past and ongoing cases for refugees seeking protection and legal aid in Greece and Switzerland and Italy.
Advocates Abroad Legal Aid Clinics in Greece, multiple regions:
Advocates Abroad provides free weekly legal aid clinics around Greece. These clinics are hosted by One Happy Family (Lesvos), Imagine Center (Chios), Organization Earth (Athens), Alkyone Center & the OCC (Thessaloniki).
Visit www.Facebook.com/AdvocatesAbroad/events for directions and hours of each clinic.
- One Happy Family Community Center is a rapidly growing hub based in Mytilene, Lesvos. It was originally built and continues to operate through the community spirit of volunteer, locals, and refugees on the island. Advocates provides clinics each week specific for the refugee volunteers of the hub, for female refugees, and for scheduled or walk in meetings with all other refugees.
- Imagine Project is a dedicated group of trained volunteers helping refugees and asylum seekers to obtain skills that will serve them both during their application process and thereafter when granted protection.
- K44, “Organization Earth” is based in downtown Athens. It is both a co-working space and hub for community building among all residents of Athens. K44 provides a meeting point for social enterprises, NGOs, and grassroots groups. Advocates has operated in this space to the benefit of many of refugees who sought out legal services and who were referred by a partner in the hub.
- Alkyone Center and Open Cultural Centers in Thessaloniki both aim to bring refugees, locals, and volunteers together for a range of cultural and recreational activities. Advocates provides services to both hubs for legal and non-legal information distribution services.