Arsenio Cores

Arsenio Cores is a Spanish lawyer and expert on Human Rights, the Law of Asylum (Spanish and European), Gender based Persecution (including LGBTTI people and victims of trafficking for exploitation), Statelessness, and Unaccompanied Alien Minors. He specializes in strategic litigation before higher courts and has more than thirty positive resolutions in the last ten years before different courts (European Court of Human Rights, [Spanish] Supreme Court and [Spanish] National Court, etc.), regarding non-refoulement in cases of risk to life or integrity, recognition of the status of asylum, admissibility in the procedure of international protection, recognition of the status of stateless Saharawi citizens and revocations of deportation, among others. He has also presented at various national and international conferences.

ASKV Refugee Support

ASKV Refugee Support is an Amsterdam-based organisation, providing legal assistance and social support (including shelter) to undocumented refugees. At present, every year hundreds of undocumented people make use of their daily walk-in legal and social advice clinics. ASKV has particular expertise in providing housing and guidance to refugees with psychiatric disorders. In addition to direct assistance, ASKV is a vocal advocate for refugee rights, both locally and nationally. ASKV organises Dutch language training for our clients, as well as regular awareness campaigns and discussion events for the broader public.

ASKV Refugee Support website

Association for Legal Intervention

The mission of the Association for Legal Intervention (Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej) is to combat social exclusion through provision of free legal advice to people whose rights and freedoms are threatened or violated, mainly refugees and immigrants in Poland. They support migrants and refugees in their struggles for legal residence, international protection and throughout the process of integration. They strive to influence policy and law at the national as well as international lever through research, advocacy and strategic litigation.

Association for Legal Intervention website

Associazione per gli Studi Giuridici sull’Immigrazione

ASGI, founded in 1990, has four main aims. Firstly, to promote information, research and training on legal issues concerning immigration, statelessness, asylum, citizenship and discrimination, in Italy and with reference to EU and international legislations. Secondly, to formulate proposals for legislation and policy changes and promote advocacy at national, EU and international level. Thirdly to promote strategic litigation and provide legal advice. Fourthly, to cooperate with other organizations at national, EU and international level in view of the above mentioned objectives. ASGI is composed of 250 members, mainly lawyers, legal practitioners and scholars. Local sections are active in Northern, Central and Southern Italy.

Associazione per gli Studi Giuridici sull’Immigrazione website

Asylkoordination

Asylkoordination, Austria was founded in 1991 as a coordinating body bringing together 40 organisations working with refugees, migrants and human rights across Austria. It engages with the national authorities, UNHCR and other actors in a bid to achieve about its aims. Its current activities include awareness-raising projects, research on the asylum systems in Austria, and advocacy activities.

Asylkoordination website

Asylum Protection Centre (Centar za zaštitu i pomoć tražiocima azila)

ASYLUM PROTECTION CENTER (APC) was founded in 2007 and from the very beginning of the asylum system in Serbia (2008) it has been providing legal, psychosocial and interaction/integration aid to exiles, asylum seekers and persons who have been granted asylum or other protection in the Republic of Serbia (also focusing on children and youth, providing legal, psychosocial, interaction/integration aid to minors, unaccompanied minors and youth). APC is recognised by the Strategy of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on the Management of Migration as an organization that provides legal and other assistance to asylum seekers in the system in Serbia (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 59/2009.). APC is a member of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), and it is a unique organization which in its daily field work, provides comprehensive support to asylum seekers ranging from free legal aid to psychological, social, interaction/integration assistance and works, all through APC teams of lawyers, psychologists, social workers, educators, volunteers, interns and translators – in all places where asylum seekers are situated throughout Serbia. Activities of the APC as grass root organization are reflected through our strong presence and engagement at local levels in local communities, in order to establish a dialogue and interaction between asylum seekers/refugees/exiles and local citizens; primarily through the organization of public local events, exhibitions, fairs, asylum corners, interaction/integration, creative and other workshops, round tables, work of APC local networks of volunteers and APC interns, cultural mediators support and other events and activities in local communities, as well as through numerous collaborations with local governments, organizations, institutions, schools, local cultural and youth centers. APC political scientists and researchers actively work in the field of research and advocacy, using extensive APC experience and field data, in order to get to the root of issues and problems of the migration, asylum system and refugees, strengthening and spreading information to the wider general and local public and experts, advocating and fighting to reduce prejudice and xenophobia in local and general public thus building more tolerant and inclusive society in Serbia.

Asylum Protection Centre (Centar za zaštitu i pomoć tražiocima azila) website

Asylum Research Centre Foundation

Asylum Research Centre (ARC) Foundation believes in a refugee status determination procedure that takes into account quality country of origin information (COI). Our aim is to improve standards in COI production and usage, fill COI gaps, and thus contribute, together with our project partners and collaborators, to better decision making on asylum claims in the UK and internationally. We provide a case-specific COI service that legal representatives supporting stateless individuals can access (either via legal aid or privately funded) and we welcome commissions in relation to thematic/country-specific COI reports or COI training on statelessness. We provide a free bi-monthly COI update that informs subscribers of UK Country Guidance case law, UK Home Office publications and developments in refugee producing countries (focusing on those which generate the most asylum seekers in the UK).

Asylum Research Centre Foundation website

Aurelia Alvarez Rodriguez

Aurelia has a Doctorate in law from the Universidad of León (awarded in 1986). She is a Senior lecturer, accredited as a Professor of Private International Law Area, attached to the Department of Private Law and Business Law of the University of León. She teaches at the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Labour Sciences, and Faculty of Sports Sciences.

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) is a leading NGO that focuses on investigating human rights abuses in Bahrain. We work in three stages: exposing, supporting victims, and seeking accountability. We have developed a unique yet incredibly effective strategy of lobbying, peaceful protests, the media and creative use of the legal process. As a result, a week barely passes without the human rights abuses of the small state of Bahrain appearing in the news. Through our campaigning, we have drawn attention to the Bahraini government’s use of the revocation of citizenship as a tool to silence dissent. Our Director of Advocacy, Sayed Alwadaei, is a prominent Bahraini human rights defender who was rendered stateless in 2015 as a reprisal for his human rights work. With his exceptional experience and knowledge of the abuses in Bahrain, we are working on a research and advocacy project relating to the activities of Bahraini stateless people in Europe after they have had their citizenship revoked.

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy website

Bail for Immigration Detainees

BID is an independent, national charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK. We provide legal advice, information and representation on bail to people held in immigration detention and we aim to influence policy to ensure that people are only detained as a last resort and that such safeguards as exist against arbitrary detention are adhered to. We run a telephone helpline, disseminate a self-help book (How to Get out of Detention, available in 5 languages) and run bail workshops in detention centres. We also prepare and present in court a limited number of bail applications for the most vulnerable of people (e.g.  survivors of torture and parents separated from their children) and people who cannot be removed from the UK. We have a strategic approach to litigation and refer cases of unlawful detention for High Court action.

Bail for Immigration Detainees website