Our Advisory Committee comprises a cross-section of our membership who provide additional advice and guidance to both the secretariat and the Board of Trustees.
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.Forum Réfugiés- Cosi website
Fundación CEPAIM - Acción Integral con Migrantes
Fundación Cepaim's main mission is the provision of comprehensive support to migrants, asylum seekers, stateless persons, as well as nationals, in order to promote social cohesion and fight poverty and social exclusion. Through cooperation with public institutions, private actors and stakeholders, its goal is to achieve an inclusive, diverse and multicultural society, and to enhance communications and relationships between individuals with different social and cultural backgrounds. It is inspired by the principles of equality and non discrimination, cultural diversity, social justice, solidarity, and social transformation. There are different fields where Fundación Cepaim implements its activities focusing on the enhancement of an inclusive society: reception and international protection, employment, youth and family support, community-based development, equality and non discrimination, international cooperation, housing, interculturality and rural development. Its advocacy work aims to promote research, training, and to raise awareness and achieve social advancements in the fields of migration, social and residential exclusion, social vulnerability and cooperation with developing countries.Fundación CEPAIM - Acción Integral con Migrantes website
Immigrant Council of Ireland
The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) is an independent human rights organisation. We advocate for the rights of migrants and their families and act as a catalyst for public debate as well as legislative and policy change. The ICI is an Independent Law Centre, which means we can provide legal representation to migrants and their families. We undertake strategic litigation in order to try to effect change and in that context also represent stateless persons in Ireland. We are a non-governmental organisation with charitable status.Immigrant Council of Ireland website
Jyothi Kanics has a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a Masters in International Relations from Yale University. She is currently working as an Associate Member of Child Circle and completing her PhD at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne. Since 1995 she has been active with NGOs and international organisations including UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children and OSCE ODIHR advocating for the rights of migrants in vulnerable situations such as separated children, trafficked persons, undocumented migrants and stateless persons. She continues to provide expert advice to the Council of Europe and OSCE as well as to various foundations and NGOs. She is an active individual member of the European Network on Statelessness in Switzerland and advised the ENS on its #StatelessKids campaign.
Praxis is a non-governmental organization based in Belgrade, Serbia and dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights. Since 2004, Praxis has focused on the issues most relevant to the displaced and members of vulnerable minority groups, such as the Roma community. One such issue is the plight of the many persons who are currently stateless, legally invisible and/or at a risk of statelessness in the Western Balkan region. Praxis has spear-headed a multi-tiered effort aimed at solving this problem, preventing and reducing statelessness, involving the advocacy for changes to law and practice, provision of free legal aid, to persons at risk, publishing human rights reports on the subject, and providing training and awareness raising. Praxis’ legal advocacy is informed by its general goals: the eradication of discrimination, poverty and racism, and a vibrant civil society shaped by democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.Praxis website