OUR WORK


Samos Legal Center


Together with Avocats Sans Frontières we build the Samos Legal Center. We are sharing our offices and councelling rooms in the city center of  Samos right next to the Alpha Center of Samos Volunteers.
The cooperation and exchange with another legal organisation allows us to work in a more professional and effective way.

Interview Preparation/Accompaniment


As the asylum interview is the most important step in the asylum procedure, our legal case workers focus on individual interview preparations and accompaniments. We provide the preparations in personal meetings and the case workers will accompany the asylum seekers through the procedure.

Legal Information Workshops


Our legal information workshops aim to provide a general overview of the legal procedure of asylum applications. We want to inform asylum seekers about their rights, the legal system and procedure they are facing. We also want to encourage them to use our provided services to be supported in every step of their asylum procedure.

Appeals


One of the main tasks of our lawyer is to write appeals in the event of rejections. The lawyers who are working for I HAVE RIGHTS all have working experience in European and/or Greek Asylum and Immigration Law.

Vulnerability Cases


Another focus of our work is on Vulnerability Cases where we are reclaiming the rights of vulnerable people. Vulnerable people are e.g. pregnant women, old or ill people who need medical treatment on the mainland. In these cases we request the lifting of the residence obligation, so people can transfer to the mainland. We are also reporting these cases to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) so the asylum procedure will be accelerated.

Interim Measures


Since the end of 2019 we also focus on interim measures in front of the European Court of Human Rights. We support especially vulnerable people to obtain their right to human and dignified treatment. Interim measures focus on vulnerable people like pregnant women, unaccompanied minors and ill people who need medical treatments on the mainland.
Out of 66 applications we have submitted so far, 57 have been approved.

Family Reunifications


Our legal case workers and lawyers are supporting asylum seekers who already have family members in other European Countries to reunite with their relatives.

Subsequent Applications


For people whose application was rejected in first instance, we provide support wird subsequent Applications. As the number of new arrivals in Samos were very low over the last year, many asylum seekers are in advanced stages of their asylum procedure, so subsequent applications become one of our main focused tasks.