Morocco Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Morocco. 

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

w2eu.info - Welcome to Europe

Email: contactatw2eu [dot] info or w2eu_infoatyahoo [dot] com

This hyperlink -w2eu.info - leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries. 

Droit et Justice

[As this law firm/NGO is the only source completely devoted to providing legal aid to refugee in Morocco, we put it first and not in alphabetical order.]

www.droitetjustice.org
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2 rue Abou Faid al Masri, Quartier Gauthier, 20060 Casablanca, Morocco
Tel: +212 522 277 688 or +212 6 62 17 47 52
Fax: +212 522 228 286
Email: maudatdroitetjustice [dot] org or sofiaatdroitetjustice [dot] org; jonahatdroitetjustice [dot] org; aminataatdroitetjustice [dot] org; louiseatdroitetjustice [dot] org
Contact persons: Maud Depresle (Legal Aid for Refugees in Morocco Programme Coordinator), Rojovola Jonah Ratsimbazafiharijaona, Aminata Cisse, Louise Carlier

605 Rue de Goulmima, #13, troisième étage, Bourgogne, 20 040 Casablanca, Morocco

With the support of the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF), the British Embassy in Morocco and the Arab Human Rights Fund (AHRF), the Association Droit et Justice launched in August 2013 a program of legal aid for asylum seekers in Morocco.Migrants in Morocco mainly come from sub-Saharan Africa. Some of them have had to flee their country after being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or because they are members of a particular social group. They are therefore eligible for asylum but do not have access to information on procedures for granting refugee status in Morocco. Those who apply for asylum are not assisted by a lawyer.The goal of this project is to train a team of lawyers and jurists willing to invest voluntarily in legal aid for asylum seekers by being assigned one case per year under the supervision of Droit et Justice. In this way, lawyers will use the acquired theoretical skills to assist migrants in their application for asylum in Morocco. Of course, our association provides permanent legal support, as well as ongoing training, to the volunteer lawyers and jurists.The issue has gained so much importance recently that the Moroccan authorities have decided to establish a national refugee status determination system. Until recently, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been the decision-making body in this area. 

Association Beni Znassen pour la Culture, le Développement et la Solidarité (ABCDS)

www.abcds-maroc.org/ or www.abcds-maroc.org/Mobilisationoctobre2010/default-english.html
Angle Bd. Lieutenant Belhoucine et rue Gharnata, 60000 Oujda
Tel: +212 (0)5 36 68 67 50
Email: abcds [dot] assoatgmail [dot] com or hicham [dot] barakaatgmail [dot] com

Le programme « Migrations et Droits Humains » de l’ABCDS Maroc a pour mission : Fournir un soutien humanitaire d’urgence pour les migrants en situation de vulnérabilité, aux personnes entrantes sur le territoire marocain et aux personnes reconduites à la frontière; Offrir aux migrants un accès à l’information socio-juridique ; Accompagner et orienter juridiquement les migrants, réfugiés et demandeurs d’asile et faire valoir leurs droits ; Récolter les données et recueil des témoignages sur les violations des droits des migrants aux frontières maroco-algériennes ; Promouvoir les actions de sensibilisation et de plaidoyer au Maroc et en Europe sur les conséquences des politiques migratoires sur les droits des migrants.

Beni Znassen association for Culture, Development and Solidarity (ABCDS) is an association governed by the Moroccan law, established in June 12th, 2005 by a group of young activists. Among other programs, ABCDS leads a program of humanitarian and legal support to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in distress in the zone of Oujda and its neighborhood. ABCDS is engaged alongside other associations, in the denunciation of the pitiful living conditions of the migrants in transit in Morocco and the important infringements of their rights and physical integrity from which they are victims as well in Morocco as during their crossing attempts towards Europe.

Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM)

www.adfm.ma/index.php?lang=fr
Rue Ibn Mokla, n° 2 Quartier des Orangers. Rabat, Morocco
Tel: +212 53 77 07 080 or +212 53 77 06 081 or +212 53 77 37 165
Fax: +212 53 72 60 813
Email: contactatadfm [dot] ma
Contact person: Maria Ezzaouini

The democratic association of women in Morocco –ADFM- is an autonomous, feminist, and non profit NGO. Its principal objective is the promotion of women’s rights and strategic interests. ADFM is a member of the Euromed Human Rights Network's Migration and Asylum Working group.

Association Marocaine d’Appui à la Promotion de la Petite Enterprise (AMAPPE)

http://www.amappe.org.ma
Email: amappeatmtds [dot] com
7, Rue Arfoud Appt. 02, Quartier Hassane, Rabat, 10000, Morocco
Tel.: (+212) 05 37 70 75 02
Fax: (+212) 05 37 70 75 04

Runs a socio-economic integration project in partnership with the High Commissioner for Refugees United Nations in Morocco. This creates micro income generating activities.

L’Association Marocaine des Droits Humains (AMDH)

www.amdh.org.ma/
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Appt N°1, Imm 6, Rue Aguensous, Av. Hassan II, Les Orangers (Près de Auto-Hall) Rabat, BP 1740 RP Rabat
Tel : + 212 03 77 30 961
Fax: + 212 03 77 38 851
E-mail: amdh1atmtds [dot] com
Contact Person: Hamid Bouhaddouni

AMDH is an independent NGO which promotes the respect for all human rights. AMDH intervenes to officials and to the concerned responsible in order to protect and ensure the respect of human rights and to support and bring justice to victims of violations. The AMDH is a member of the Euromed Human Rights Network's Migration and Asylum Working group.

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)

www.euromedrights.org
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Tel : +212 53 72 63 506
Email: informationateuromedrights [dot] net

Fondation Orient Occident (East-West Foundation)

www.fondation.orient-occident.org
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Avenue des FAR – Commune de Yacoub El Mansour BP 3210 – Rabat
Tel: +212 (05) 37 79 36 37
Fax: +212 (05) 37 29 15 43
Présidente Fondatrice: Yasmina Filali
Contact Persons: Rachid Badouli, Directeur Central
Email: rb_fooatmenara [dot] ma
Nathalie Freige, Coordinatrice des centres
Email: reseaufooatgmail [dot] com

Counselling, education, employment, HIV/AIDS prevention for refugees and migrants.

Groupe Antiraciste d'Accompagnement et de Défense des Étrangers et Migrants (GADEM)

www.gadem-asso.org or www.gadem-asso.org/-Presentation-du-volet-droit-des-
78 avenue Allal Ben Abdallah, 3ème étage, n° 31 - 10000 Rabat
Tel: +212 (0)5 37 72 78 78
Email: contactatgadem-asso [dot] org
Email for Legal Aid: droit [dot] etrangersatgadem-asso [dot] org 
Contact Persons: Sara Soujar, responsible for legal monitoring; Camille Denis, coordinator; and Stéphane Julinet  

We have a legal aspect for migrants in general without status discrimination. We are an advocacy organisation and legal monitoring is not systematic (for lack of means) but a tool for understanding the violations suffered by migrants. We follow situations considered iconic (see our report).  The website is in French. 

Le volet Droit des étrangers du GADEM (groupe antiraciste d'accompagnement et de défense des étrangers), association marocaine constituée le 18 décembre 2006 dont le but est le respect effectif des droits des étrangers et migrants au Maroc, assure (dans la limite de ses moyens et des possibilités d'action) l'accompagnement et la défense juridiques des étrangers qui le sollicitent, indépendamment de leur statut (migrants, demandeurs d'asile, réfugiés, en situation administrative régulière ou irrégulière). Il n'offre pas d'autres services.

Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS)

http://en.jrs.net

Eglise Notre-Dame de Lourdes, 1 Rond Point d'Europe, 20100 – Casablanca, Maroc

Tel: +212 527 719 321
Fax: +212 22 26 85 28
Email: coordinationsamatgmail [dot] com
Country Director: Ms Fanny Curet

‘Service Accueil Migrantes’ (SAM) project. The project assists migrants and asylum seekers. A crèche was provided for infants, with the women given the opportunity to take part in embroidery, hairdressing and handicraft lessons. Childcare classes and French and English language classes were also provided.

To dissuade the women from begging for money on the streets, they were encouraged to start ‘micro-projects’, where they could sell the items they produced with SAM in the local marketplace. By the year’s end, 55 women had taken on a ‘micro-project’.

A kindergarten was put in operation for minors, where they could take part in various educational activities, with the opportunity of picking up basic language, writing and mathematical skills.

L'Organisation Marocaine des Droits Humains (Morocco Human Rights Organisation) (OMDH)

 

www.omdh.org
Email: znaidi2atgmail [dot] com

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10, rue Ghana # 3, quartier Océan, Rabat (Ligne de bus : N° 56)
Tel: +212 (0)5 37 72 94 66
Fax: +212 (0)5 37 72 94 07
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 09:00–16:00

OUJDA

3, Rue Ziyani, Quartier Elmahata, 1er étage, Appt. N. 6, Oujda
(près de l’école/close to the school Ibn Sina)
Tel: +212 (0)5 37 72 94 66
Email: cajoujdaatgmail [dot] com
Fax: +212 (0)5 36 68 59 59
Contact Person: Fatiha Adda

OMDH has a partnership with UNHCR. In Rabat, besides legal assistance to refugees at all stages of the refugee status determination process, the centre offers legal representation before a court or in police stations. In Oujda, OMDH manages to prevent the refoulement of refugees to the frontiers. If need be, the centre helps the refugees organise their return. In most big cities in the country, OMDH is developing a network of lawyers who are able and willing to intervene on behalf of refugees.

Organisation PanAfricaine de Lutte contre le Sida (OPALS)

http://www.opalsmaroc.com
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Rue 26, Youssoufia; Est. Rabat
Tel: +212 66 17 92 423 or +212 53 76 57 121
Email: aettoussiathotmail [dot] com

In collaboration with UNHCR OPALS Maroc offers HIV/AIDS services for refugees and migrants: education and prevention (including information in refugees' own language); medical care, psychosocial services, legal support from OPALS lawyers (legal helpline). 17 sections across the country although refugee services are concentrated in 3 major cities Rabat, Casablanca and Fes.

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