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“Network of Legal Aid for Refugees in the Americas” established

Fecha: (7/18/2017 2:14:57 PM)

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San José, Costa Rica. On May 31, 2017 the Network of Legal Aid for Refugees in the Americas was established. Its purpose is to “support and facilitate the development, articulation and joint action of the organizations that promote and defend the effective access to rights of those individuals facing enforced displacement at the borders and within the Americas” and its mission is to “become a reference point in articulating joint actions and initiatives that would promote and defend the effective enjoyment of the human rights of all persons facing enforced displacement at the borders and within the Americas.”

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José Thompson firma el acta de fundación

The signing of the document creating this initiative was the high point of a two-day meeting that took place in the Inter-American Classroom of Human Rights in the presence of some 50 persons from different countries of the region, who represented NGOs, universities, offices of the Ombudsman and the organizing bodies, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  and the IIHR.

On May 30, the event was opened by José Thompson, IIHR Executive Director, and Juan Carlos Murillo, Representative of the Regional Legal Department of the UNHCR, and by the presentation of the Network by Marco Formisano, of the office for determining the condition of refugee (RLU-ACNUR). The agenda included a review of the regional situation regarding the topic, the need to train new lawyers on asylum and comparative research on the international law of refugees, strategic litigation, work with communities and the creation of legal clinics. Finally, the participants studied the formulation of the content, structural aspects and priorities of the Network, as well as the planning of strategies of sustainability and dissemination 

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The participants were also informed of the results of institutional research on relevant practices to protecting the rights of unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents in the Northern Triangle and Mexico, in the book by that name, by Gustavo Gatica, principal researcher.

In addition to its Executive Director, the IIHR was represented by Natalia Arce, Academic Assistant to the Director.

The link to obtain the book “Relevant practices to protecting the rights of unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents  in the Northern Triangle and Mexico” may be found here

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