LEGAL PROGRAM

COUNSELING, ADVOCACY, MONITORING & REPRESENTATION

In collaboration with two legal support partners, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and Equal Rights Beyond Borders, Elpida Home’s legal department serves our community center in Thessaloniki, Greece, the broader Northern Greece region and in particular, detention centers.

Beneficiaries can access a variety of free legal assistance services, including counseling and representation. While the department primarily focuses on asylum cases and family reunification cases under the Dublin III agreement, we also provide support for a variety of other penal, civil and administrative issues which could affect beneficiaries’ asylum and/or family reunification cases. Equal Rights Beyond Borders will handle litigation should a need arise for legal representation in Germany, as it often does in family reunification cases.

  1. Free legal representation in civil and criminal courts as well as asylum services and in appeals procedures

  2. Legal counselling including information sessions to both groups and individuals

  3. Regular detention center visits in Northern Greece

If you would like to get in touch with us regarding a legal issue or a referral, feel free to email our lawyer at themis.tzimas@elpidahome.org

LEGAL SUPPORT PARTNERS

THE INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROJECT (IRAP)

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid, litigation, and systemic advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders. IRAP is on the frontlines of the fight against the Trump Administration’s discriminatory executive action on immigration. By mobilizing an emergency taskforce of legal advocates and leading the fight in the courts and the press, IRAP is playing a critical role in protecting the rights of thousands of affected refugees and immigrants.


EQUAL RIGHTS BEYOND BORDERS

Equal Rights Beyond Borders is a group of law students and graduates from several refugee law clinics in Germany. They founded Equal Rights Beyond Borders to provide legal information to refugees currently in camps in other European countries, and have been instrumental in helping the refugees stuck on the island of Chios. Building on their success, they are now expanding and opening additional offices in Athens and Berlin.