Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Afghanistan Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Afghanistan. 

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

Afghanistan Migrants Advice and Support Organization (AMASO)

Address: Kabul, Afghanistan
Contact persons: 
Abdul Ghafoor: Email: azads11atyahoo [dot] com; Tel.: 0794874384 
AMASO is a small organisation staffed by two part-time volunteers ( Abdul Ghafoor and Liza Schuster ). They offer migration advice to those planning to leave Afghanistan and to those recently returned (voluntarily or by force). They can provide expert reports in asylum cases, prepare statements to aid refugee family reunification. They also facilitate communication between lawyers, supporters and those forcibly returned.

International Refugee Assistance Programme (IRAP)

Address: Urban Justice Center, 40 Rector St, 9th Fl, New York, NY 10006
General email : infoatrefugeerights [dot] org

IRAP is a legal aid organisation and cannot provide financial assistance or other benefits. They do not make any decisions concerning resettlement and they are completely independent from UNHCR and national governments. Any information sent to IRAP is highly confidential, and all services are free of any charge. IRAP provides free legal services to refugees seeking refugee protection and resettlement. Here are a few types of assistance that IRAP provides:

- Afghans or Iraqis applying for Special Immigrant Visa programs. They assist Afghans and Iraqis with all stages of the SIV process, including locating former US supervisors and preparing application documents.

- Refugees in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Programme. They can help individuals gather documents and present their refugee claim prior to IOM or USCIS interviews. If they are denied, IRAP can review to see if they can assist with a Request for Review, including written counseling for individuals with security-related reasons ("Other") denials.

- UNHCR Assistance. In very exceptional situations, they may be able to assist refugees (individuals who are not Afghan nationals) living in Afghanistan with refugee registration.

To contact them, send an email with your full name, telephone number, email address and a brief description of your need for legal services in English or Arabic to infoatrefugeerights [dot] org. They are not able to assist everyone who contacts them, and emailing them does not create an attorney-client relationship.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Afghanistan

PB 67, Herat City, Afghanistan
Tel:  0093 - 775492247
Email: stanfernatgmail [dot] com
Contact Person: Stan Fernandes  (Director, JRS Afghanistan)

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) seeks to accompany, assist and advocate for  refugees, IDPs, returnees, detainees and stateless people. Among the 2 million returnees in Afghanistan, JRS tries to respond to some of them in Herat, Bamiyan and Kabul provinces. JRS has initiated education, health and livelihood  programmes among the returnees and internally displaced people. It also works among the college and university students providing English and computer learning.

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Country Director: Andy Aitken (Acting) 
Phone:+93 (0) 799 7977 48

Assists Afghan IDPs and returnees with information, counselling and legal aid (ICLA). The ICLA programme is based in 7 field locations. It addresses legal cases related to property restitution, the securing of tenure for the landless and family law, including forced marriages, female inheritance rights, or gender based violence. NRC also implements a large and growing shelter programme in Herat and Nangarhar. Together with shelter construction, a key component of the work is livelihoods support which is linked into our expanding skills based education work.

War Child International

Website (international): http://www.warchild.org/

Address in the UK: Linton House, 39-51 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RT
Phone: +44(0)207 916 9276
General enquiries email: infoatwarchild [dot] org [dot] uk
Address in Canada: 489 College St. Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1A5
Address in the Netherlands: Helmholtzstraat 61-G , 1098 LE Amsterdam
In Afghanistan, War Child UK devotes its work to the issues of juvenile justice and the war. The organisation aims to help the most vulnerable categories of children, such as working street-children, displaced children, children with disabilities and girls - are finding ways to regain their self-confidence, access education in safe environments, learn about their rights and start raising their voices to reclaim their position in society. In their activities War Child UK is supported by War Child Holland. War Child Canada has been working with local partners in Afghanistan focusing on women’s economic empowerment and education. In 2014, War Child Canada expanded its programming to provide access to justice for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) survivors.

Tabish Organization (Tabish Social Health Education Organization)

P.O. Box, Ministry of Information and Communication, Kabul Afghanistan 5661
Tel: +93 (0)7 97 33 44 99 or +93 75 21 41 519 or +93 70 02 57 340
Email: Tabish_organizationatyahoo [dot] com or aria_popalathotmail [dot] com

Tabish Organization provides psycho-social well-being through community based services and project field work. They encourage cultural dialogue and facilitate socio-cultural activities, through health education awareness, safe motherhood program, counselling for victims of GBV, support of children exposed to armed conflict, harm reduction & detoxification, raising awareness, informal education, vocational training, soft skill training for children and women, and reducing poverty to facilitate self-sufficiency which is an important step towards peace and reconciliation, focusing also on IDP camps, and the community affected by armed conflict.

They build the capacities of non-governmental organisations and governmental agencies to provide psycho-social care and mental health care services. They also develop concepts for organisations that wish to improve the sustainability of their programmes by introducing a psycho-social component to their projects.