Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter

The Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is a monthly publication that focuses on the provision of refugee legal aid. It is aimed primarily to be a resource for legal aid providers in the Global South where law journals and other resources are hard to access. It complements the information portal
http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org
The newsletter follows recent developments in the interpretation of refugee law; case law precedents from different constituencies; reports and helpful resources for refugee legal aid providers; and stories of struggle and success in refugee legal aid work.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Join committee to establish refugee rule of law initiative
The International Refugee Law Committee (IRLC) in conjunction with the International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) of the American Bar Association, is submitting a funding proposal aimed at establishing a refugee rule of law initiative — a multi-prong strategy bringing leaders in refugee law together, to influence refugee hosting countries to make refugee rights and rule of law a top priority. They encourage IRLC or IHRC members interested in refugee issues to join the committee, online here. Those who have questions about the work of the committee or wish to apply for a committee leadership position are encouraged to contact the Co-Chairs, Rachel Gore Freed and Shannon Jonsson.

Campaign to end the immigration detention of children
Children arriving in many countries without the right documents are detained, often for months and sometimes years. Last month, the International Detention Coalition, in alliance with the Fahamu Refugee Programme and 75 other organisations so far, launched the international Campaign to End the Immigration Detention of Children. Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network members Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network have started national activities in the Asia Pacific region to contribute to the campaign, focussing this year on Malaysia and Australia, which both detain children. Organisations, networks or groups interested in endorsing the campaign can make a public or private endorsement, and may submit an incident report to the campaign’s detention crowdmap. Individuals may signthe campaign’s petition to end immigration detention of children, and children and youth under 18 years old can upload their own videos with messages of support.

Former clients of UK Immigration Advisory Service may retrieve their files until May 2012
The UK-based Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association has shared an announcement that former clients of the Immigration Advisory Services (IAS) have until midnight on 28 May 2012 to make a request for retrieval of their files from the joint administrators of the now-defunct IAS.

Text message service provides information on legal aid in the US
CitizenshipWorks, a project of the Immigration Advocates Network, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Pro Bono Net, recently announced the launch of its nationwide text messaging campaign, which sends immigrants information about United States citizenship and helps them to access free or low-cost legal help in their area. Users can text ‘citizenship’ (‘ciudadania’ in Spanish) to 877877 and receive the location and contact information of nearby legal services providers as well as information about the naturalisation process. Available in English and Spanish, the campaign addresses the unmet need for information about becoming a US citizen and directs users to local organisations providing naturalisation assistance.

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