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.

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS

AMASO (Afghanistan Migrants Advice and Support Organization)

amasosite.wordpress.com
Kabul, Afghanistan
Email: azads11atyahoo [dot] com or amaso [dot] orgatgmail [dot] com
Contact persons: Abdul Ghafoor
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AmasoAfg
Contact Form: amasosite.wordpress.com/contact

Afghanistan Migrants Advice and Support Organization was established in February 2014 by Abdul Ghafoor, with the support of Dr. Liz Schuster. Since its creation, AMASO has been successfully providing advice to those recently forcibly returned (including families) from various European countries to Afghanistan. We have been able to provide advice to a large number of people face to face, and another groups of people through email, telephone or Skype appointments. AMASO has an office in Kabul where we can receive and advise visitors. The visitors include mainly returnee, and some potential migrants.

AMASO has also been monitoring the situation of the deportees post return since its establishment and has been in contact with most of the deportees over several months/years, depending on the availability and interest of the deportees to stay in touch with AMASO. The deportees AMASO has been involved with in providing advice and support post return were deported from various European countries such as: Norway, UK, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Finland, as well as Australia. 

AMASO has been involved in assisting many international researchers, practitioners, and journalists who visited AMASO and have interviewed the director of AMASO to get his expert views on the situation of deportees, and the deportees themselves to document their stories and the challenges they have faced post return. 

Recently, AMASO has also been providing practical support to a very limited number of those deported. We have helped some of the returnees with learning English language, computer classes and been providing shelter to a very limited number of vulnerable of returnees. Based on our limited resources and funding, it is not possible to help all of those forcibly returned. We had to do what we are doing because EU and other International Organisations that were responsible failed to help returnees. 

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Afghanistan

www.jrs.net
PB 67, Herat City, Afghanistan
Tel: +93 77 54 92 247
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.

Tabish Organization (Tabish Social Health Education Organization)

tsheo.org.af
P.O. Box, Ministry of Information and Communication, Kabul Afghanistan 5661
Tel: +93 (0)7 97 33 44 99 
Email: Tabish_organizationatyahoo [dot] com or aria_popalathotmail [dot] com  
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Tabish in Afghanistan is a non-governmental, non-political, humanitarian and not for profit organisation working in the field of psycho-social health, education and human rights. Tabish also specialises in capacity development, and its programmes and activities are in line with NGO rules and regulations. 

Tabish has been established and registered with the Ministry of Economy (in 2009) Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Having ten years experiences in various fields (including health, education and social); Tabish with its International Experts and Qualified National Staff e.g. Psychosocial Counselors, Social Workers, Doctors, Nurses as well as its Committed Experts on Programme and Project Management, provides different services in different divisions of Afghanistan. Since its inception in 2009, Tabish is fully engaged to provide better on-demand services to the needy people of Afghanistan through its community-based projects.

Tabish's priority interventions and humanitarian services focus on the following groups: Disadvantaged Communities and Deprived People, Internal Displaced People (IDP’s), People living in Post Disaster Camps (PDCs), Prisoners and Children and Adolescent living in Juvenile Rehabilitation Centers and Orphanage Houses as well as Homeless People, especially Drug Users throughout Afghanistan.

Tabish has been working as a partner with different international organisations in project implementation and research. Tabish also works directly with global refugee rights organisations, especially those concerning Afghan asylum seekers, and deportees back to Afghanistan.

For further cooperation and information please visit Tabish website or contact the emails above.

 

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS 

IRAP (International Refugee Assistance Programme)

refugeerights.org
One Battery Park Plaza, 4th Floor New York, NY 10004
Email: inquiriesatrefugeerights [dot] org
Please note that they cannot respond to requests for legal assistance at this address.
To contact them for assistance with your refugee or asylum claim,  or to gain advice about your case, click here. This is available in English and Arabic.

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.

NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council)

www.nrc.no/who-we-are/about-us
Norwegian Refugee Council Prinsensgate 2 (Map) 0152 Oslo Norway
Tel: +47 23 10 98 00

NRC 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

www.warchild.org

War Child has offices in the following countries: UK, USA, Canada, Holland, Sweden and Australia: 

UK 
Studio 320, Highgate Studios, 53 – 79 Highgate Rd, London NW5 1TL
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 916 9276
Email (general): infoatwarchild [dot] org [dot] uk
Email (Programmes enquiries): africa [dot] progammesatwarchild [dot] org [dot] uk

USA
200 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202 
Tel: +1 64 66 61 43 72
Email: infoatwarchildusa [dot] org

Canada
489 College St. Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1A5
Tel: +1 18 66 92 72 445
Email: infoatwarchild [dot] ca

Netherlands
Helmholtzstraat 61-G, 1098 LE Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 42 27 777
Email: infoatwarchild [dot] nl

Sweden
Stora Nygatan 45 111 27 Stockholm
Tel: +46 73 96 43 469 
Email: infoatwarchild [dot] se

Australia 
PO Box Q632, QVB NSW 1230
Email: infoatwarchild [dot] org [dot] au

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.

 

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