Refugee Legal Support
Elder Rahimi is very involved in a refugee project in Athens, Greece - Refugee Legal Support (https://www.refugeelegalsupport.org). Our lawyers were part of setting up a pro bono legal clinic in Athens. At the clinic, Iliana (a Greek lawyer), Efi (project coordinator), and three interpreters - Ali, Vafa and Lawrence (all refugees in Greece) - and self funding UK lawyers who travel to Athens on a rota basis, provide free legal support to refugees. We know from our work with Elder Rahimi clients in the UK how terribly difficult the situation in Greece is for refugees and how hard it is to access a lawyer a legal advice that can make a real difference to obtaining safety and a secure and stable future.
Even though the media seems to have stopped reporting on it, thousands of people fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa continue to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean and arrive on the Greek islands eg Lesvos and Chios every months. The crippled infrastructure in Greece means that many of those who make the journey are not recognised refugees yet - they do not have a 'legal status' in Greece. Many others remain separated from family members elsewhere in Europe without any hope of being reunited with them any time soon (family reunification is supposedly a human right…). Without a legal status a person is trapped in limbo. They are unable to take part in public life and access services that we take for granted, like healthcare, the ability to rent a home or take up employment. Importantly they live without hope.
We feel very strongly that Western Europe needs to take more responsibility for this situation. We believe that the RLS legal clinic is a small contribution to the solidarity that is needed to tackle what some believe is the 'issue of our times’. Sadly, RLS is running out of money and now needs every donation and support possible. launched a crowd justice campaign, a way to fundraise for legal campaigns. If you could donate a bit of money and, more importantly, share the campaign please do! Every contribution however small will be valued and please do circulate the link below amongst your friends and networks via email or social media.
The link to the campaign is: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/rls-legal-support-for-refugees/