Legal Assistance to Asylum Seekers (as directed by the UNHCR), India

Project Period: January 2017 – Ongoing

AMAN Trust supports ARA Trust in providing legal aid and due representation to the asylum seekers or refugee population from Afghanistan as listed under the guidelines of UNHCR. ARA Trust being the only organization with Letter of Understanding with the UNHCR India addresses the vulnerabilities of asylum seekers in India who had fled warfare.

The marginalization and exclusion from the justice system renders the refugee population vulnerable. This project aims to bridge the gap between refugee policies and laws in India by required intervention to help refugee population access legal, medical, redressal and recovery related services. Various activities such as- meeting policy makers, publishing newspaper articles on the issue of asylum seekers, holding community meetings to present information, encouraging and supporting activist groups, film screening, podcasts, radio shows, awareness generation at social media channels etc have been undertaken to accomplish the project needs. Empowering women refugee population through various activities focusing their assimilation is a part of project mission. The project has been successfully providing required trauma, medical and legal counselling by working directly with the refugees in collaboration with the staffs of UNHCR, India.