Provision of Free Legal Advice to Asylum Seekers in Cyprus

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Contract Title The Provision of Free Legal Assistance to Asylum Seekers
Funding Period 20/1/2014-30/6/2014
Funding Agency ERF Solidarity Funds
Total Cost .
Website http://www.urvt.org/




Overall Objective

The Provision of Free Legal Assistance to Asylum Seekers’ mission is to:

  • Ensure asylum seekers receive well informed legal advice, representation, and assistance on their individual asylum cases throughout the asylum process.
  • Increase the number of asylum seekers who receive these services provided by the Future Worlds Center’s Humanitarian Affairs Unit.

Implementation of The Provision of Free Legal Assistance to Asylum Seekers will provide an increased number of asylum seekers with necessary, and free, legal aid. Through extensive prior actions, the Future Worlds Center aims to extend the provision of free legal assistance by competent and experienced legal professionals. This increased organizational capacity will deliver high quality services to the greatest number of asylum seekers in need.

Services

Funded by the ERF Solidarity Funds, and implemented by the Future Worlds Center’s Humanitarian Affairs Unit, The Provision of Free Legal Assistance to Asylum Seekers project will increase it’s current capacity, and provide the following services to asylum seekers:

  • Information:

Information provided on asylum procedures, the refugee status process, access to rights, and compliance under national refugee law.

  • Representation:

Representation provided to asylum seekers throughout legal procedures, both before the Asylum Service and Refugee Reviewing Authority. Representation services include representation during personal interviews, representation to asylum seekers in detention facilities, and preparation of comprehensive and well-argued appeals brought before the relevant reviewing body.

  • Intervention:

Written interventions provided to appropriate authorities on issues related to the refugee status determination process and access to rights.

  • Interpretation:

Experienced and confidential interpreters will be utilized to provide free legal services to non-Greek or English speaking asylum seekers.

Who It Serves

The Provision of Free Legal Assistance to Asylum Seekers is dedicated to ensure asylum seekers receive appropriate legal assistance, free of charge. Asylum seekers, as defined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, are:

“…persons applying for refugee status…as well as other persons seeking complementary, subsidiary, or temporary forms of protection…”