Since 1991, Accem has worked to improve the living conditions of people in vulnerable situations, defending their human rights and ensuring equal opportunities regardless of race, creed, religion, gender or opinions. Accem works in 12 regions in Spain and provides specialized integral assistance and counselling to refugees, stateless persons, migrants and other groups at risk of social exclusion in Spain, towards the achievement of their full social integration. Accem develops programs around the field of reception, direct assistance, legal counselling, training and labour insertion.Accem website
Female Fellows e.V.
Female Fellows e.V is a non-profit organisation with the mission to empower, inform, include and integrate third-country national women alongside host country female fellows in social, economic and political aspects of their societies in Germany and in Europe. Our vision is to build a society where everyone, including women with migrant and refugee background in Germany and Europe, have a decent and comfortable life together with their female fellows.Female Fellows e.V. 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 are part of the International Protection National Reception System which includes beneficiaries and applicants of stateless status in Spain, and it offers them accommodation and cover their basic needs while affording them free legal and psychological aid and interpretation, and the assistance of social workers in their pathway to integration in Spain.
Human Rights League
The Human Rights League is a civic association (non-governmental organisation) established in 2005. The basic aim of the association is reinforcing the respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms arising from international, European or interstate instruments as well as from the Constitution of the Slovak Republic and other national laws. It combines direct, high-quality and free legal assistance to refugees and migrants in the Slovak Republic, including stateless persons, with advocacy and strategic litigation in the creation, enforcement and implementation of Slovak migration, asylum and integration policy.Human Rights League 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.
Maeliss (Mae) Guillaud
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.
Organization for Aid to Refugees (OPU)
OPU, the Organization for Aid to Refugees, is the oldest and largest non-governmental organization in the Czech Republic which assists refugees, stateless persons and migrants. We provide free in-person legal and social aid to refugees, stateless persons and migrants. OPU offers this help throughout the entire country by means of aid in all eight reception, accommodation and detention centers and five regional offices. OPU has been the watchdog of any unlawful practices and systemic failures of the Czech asylum and migration policy, including statelessness procedure. This helps us to create systemic change. OPU’s director and lawyers appear in media regularly, criticizing the Czech Ministry of Interior and laws that hurt migrants. OPU has successfully represented many refugees, stateless persons and their families, has fought against unlawful detention and prevented deportation of the most vulnerable individuals and has publicly reported on grave breaches of international law.Organization for Aid to Refugees (OPU) website
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
Red Acoge is a nonprofit organization with a network made up of 20 Spanish associations working at local and regional level. We work on the issue of equality of treatment and non-discrimination from an interdisciplinary perspective. We inform and denounce Public policies and legislative changes, such as the above mentioned, raising awareness and disseminating relevant information. We provide social and legal assistance to victims of discrimination, as well as developing education and social integration projects to form an inclusive and multicultural society. We also work with other agencies to improve information and mechanisms regarding access to justice and data collection on the subject.Red Acoge website
Roua Al Taweel
Roua is a PhD candidate at the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI)/ Ulster University. Her research is on transformative gender justice, examining forced displacement-associated socioeconomic harms experienced since the start of conflict in Syria in 2011. She focuses on a particular, yet significant, segment of the population: the displaced families affected by the gender discriminatory nationality law(s) (GDNL) and with children at risk of statelessness.
Roua holds an MA degree in Women’s and Gender Studies (Poland/UK 2014-2016). In addition to direct engagement with Lebanese, Iraqi and Sudanese displaced communities between 2006-2012, her work with Syrian feminist and women-led organisations included unpacking different aspects of the gendered experience of conflict and contributing to research recommendations to the debates around political solutions in Syria.