Imagine that you've been forced to leave your home country for complete and unending fear of persecution, torture, or death. You've brought your children and whatever belongings you could to an unfamiliar territory. You don't speak the language, you don't have any "papers" or money, or even access to your bank account. Do you think you could enter a courtroom alone, full of unfamiliar faces and difficult language barriers, and convince a judge that you deserve to stay?
That's where Asylum Access is there to help. It is a non-profit organization working to make refugee rights a reality in first countries of refuge. With the goal of empowering genuine refugees, Asylum Access provides legal and community aid to prevent anyone from ever having to return to a dangerous life situation.
The average stay in a refugee camp is 17 YEARS, and more than half of all refugees are children. This means that children need an education and parents and adults need to work, maintain and learn new skills, and provide for themselves and their families. A much more effective and long-lasting solution than food and humanitarian aid in a camp is needed.
- Legal Aid
- Community Legal Empowerment
- Policy Advocacy
- Strategic Litigation
We all know the saying "give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime." But Asylum Access executive director, Emily Arnold-Fernandez, explains the difficulty refugees face: "Our poor people turn to us and say that they already know how to fish, but they're not allowed to use the ponds near them. So, we're opening up the ponds to help them feed themselves.”
Asylum Access is located in Ecuador, Tanzania, and Thailand, so the best way for people from our area to help is to donate. EVERY donation matters!
Please help spread the word! Don't let fear and prejudice torment any more refugees.