Forum Réfugiés- Cosi

Forum Réfugiés - Cosi works to protect the needs and promote the rights of all asylum seekers, stateless persons and refugees. The four main activities of our association are: reception and legal accompaniment of asylum seekers, integration through work and accommodation of refugees, medical and psychological accompaniment, and legal counselling in administrative retention centres. Forum Réfugiés- Cosi translates its practical work into policy and advocacy activities which aim at raising awareness about the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in France and Europe. Forum Réfugiés – Cosi has developed a strong experience and expertise with regards to legislative advocacy. It promotes protection-oriented legislative reforms and policy initiatives at the national and European levels.

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Guillaud Maeliss (Mae)

I am a French and New York licensed attorney. I studied one year in South Korea, earned a JD from Sorbonne Law school and completed an LL.M from UCLA. I helped a charity foundation to promote children’s rights in Bangladesh. I lived in Boston for 2 years and assisted an association in the field of sexual violence in civil society and in the incarcerated population. As a probono attorney, I helped underrepresented residents with cognitive impairments to access US citizenship. Finally, I am an active legal fellow of UnitedStateless, an organization promoting human rights for stateless individuals in the US. I intend to join the immigration committee of Lille bar and help people by providing free legal advice but also by supporting them on their journey to access citizenship. I have a strong interest in ethics and justice and wishes to further structural changes to prevent civil rights violations.