Assistance for Refugees and Stateless Persons
For 30 years by now, Civic Assistance Committee was providing help to refugees and invites all those who care to support people who face problems in finding new home. Our Committee provides free legal, medical, psychological and humanitarian assistance to everyone in need of it. We help them to regain confidence in themselves and in the world.
Come for a free counseling
Our lawyers and social workers provide full-time counseling three days a week: Mondays (10-20), Wednesdays (10-20) and Fridays (10-17). Other days, we work with documents, visit courts and other government agencies.
Our organization was the first one in Russia to deal with problems of refugees and the stateless. For 30 years we became convinced that our work was incredibly relevant and important.
How and why our program was established
Back in the 90s, Russia joined the Convention relating to the status of refugees and adopted the internal law “On Refugees”. Unfortunately, in today’s realities, the above documents practically do not work. They by no means help nowadays refugees who are forced to flee war and persecution.
Judge for yourself, but since the beginning of the war in Syria, only one Syrian received refugee status in Russia. Just one person! And in total, less than 600 people are holders of this status. It does not mean that there are only several hundred refugees in Russia. It means that thousands of people are not able to receive asylum, that is to be employed efficiently, to receive medical and social assistance, to study.
There is another shocking and humiliating fact that a refugee is entitled to one-time payment of 100 rubles. This money is just enough to travel to the place of receipt and back.
These figures are more eloquent and worse than any words. After all, human destinies are hidden behind them; lives of people who are not able to start a new life.
How the program works
After refugees and the stateless people approach our counseling office, they receive the following assistance free of charge:
– Counseling on migration issues, assistance in applying for asylum or citizenship – often people do not know where to go and what to do;
– Legal assistance, appeals and accompanying to migration services, courts, appeal against refusal of asylum, protection from expulsion to a country where a person’s life is in danger, protection of victims of racist attacks;
– Protection of children’s right to education: assistance to children in placement in schools and kindergartens;
– Medical and psychological assistance, including accompanying to medical institutions;
– Assistance in learning Russian for better integration, empowerment and improving the quality of life;
– Aid with things and food products which are brought to our Committee by those who are not indifferent to the fate of refugees (thank you very much!);
– In specific situations – one-time financial assistance;
Expenditure for assistance of refugee family per month
Accommodation – 25 000 rubles
Food – 24 260 rubles
Travel – 1 600 rubles
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) covers:
– The Committee’s administrative expenses,
– Work of consultants, translators, and a bookkeeper.
Funds for casework we collect through one-time and regular donations.
Even 100 roubles is very important!
What was achieved in 2019
In 2019, we provided legal, psychological, medical and humanitarian aid to refugees and migrants from different countries. We have won many serious and important landmark cases in the European Court of Human Rights.
We managed to achieve protection and release of a citizen of Uzbekistan, who was in great danger and could be removed to Uzbekistan.
Thanks to our cooperation with the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova and the Commissioner for Human Rights in Moscow Tatyana Potyaeva, we helped Chechen girls who had to escape from home because of cruelty of their relatives.
This year we have organized various meetings, round tables and lectures on issues of migration and asylum system in Russia and in the world.
Throughout the year our integration center in Noginsk was working for Syrian children. This summer, we made sure that most of these children were admitted to schools.
how can you help
Donate money: for travel,
food, tests and medicine, one-time material assistance to migrants.
If you feel
like helping, you can do it right now.
Donate things: clean
clothes, household items, toys, cereals, tinned food, hygienic items.
It is important to remember that refugees are often deprived of the simplest everyday items; therefore any help is essential even if it seems insignificant.