African Law Center

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African Law Center engages in "strategic litigation" "...to establish broad legal precedents that improve enforcement of and respect for specific refugee and immigrant rights by the government or private actors."

The Executive Director is Bellamy Kravitz, Esq.

Recipient of Open Society Funding

African Law Center was awarded a grant of $25,000 over 12 months to fund a project which "expands the availability of legal services for African immigrants in the Houston-Galveston area."

Communities Against Hate

Open Society Foundation's Communities Against Hate initiative "supports organizations that are grappling with the spike in hate incidents in the United States over the last several months" as explained by a white paper dated June 22 2017.[1]

It continues:

"Our local grants, which range from $15,000 to $150,000, aim to support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric, and to bolster communities’ resilience and ability to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. We are making grants on a rolling basis, and there are a few more in process. A complete list will be published on the Open Society Foundations website when all of the grants have been issued."

Know Your Rights

The African Law Center provides "Community Legal Empowerment":[2]

"Know Your Rights training enable refugees and immigrants to understand their options and how to access them. Refugees and immigrants learn how to navigate legal and civic engagement processes so that they can respond to daily rights violations themselves. We also train refugee and immigrant leaders to provide basic rights-based assistance to others in their community with our support. In addition, we also organize workshops for refugee women and offer specialized programs for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, empowering them to focus on healing with the help of psychosocial specialists."

Individualized Legal Counsel and Representation

The African Law Center provides "Individualized Legal Counsel and Representation":[3]

"Our legal advocates help refugees and immigrants address instances of individual rights violations by offering linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate legal advice, counsel and representation. By helping refugees and immigrants obtain legal status, we break down a major barrier and set them on a course to access all other rights, including access to shelter and food, safe and legal employment, healthcare and education, and protection from harm by stopping deportation to countries they are fleeing from. To enable refugees and immigrants to access our services beyond our offices, we also organize Mobile Legal Clinics to bring our assistance directly to remote refugee communities."

External links

References

  1. https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/communities-against-hate-front-line-organizations-20170313.pdf Communities Against Hate: Front-Line Organizations, accessed July 23 2017
  2. http://www.africanlawcenter.org/our-approach/ Our Approach, accessed July 23 2017
  3. http://www.africanlawcenter.org/our-approach/ Our Approach, accessed July 23 2017