Qatar Pro Bono Directory

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

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.

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

refugeerights.org
Adress: Urban Justice Center, 40 Rector St, 9th Fl, New York, NY 10006
Email: infoatrefugeerights [dot] org

IRAP is a legal aid organisation and cannot provide financial assistance or other benefits. They do not make any decisions concerning resettlement and they are completely independent from UNHCR and national governments. Any information sent to IRAP is highly confidential, and all services are free of any charge. IRAP provides free legal services to refugees seeking refugee protection and resettlement. Here are a few types of assistance that IRAP provides.

- Refugees in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. They can help individuals gather documents and present their refugee claim prior to IOM or USCIS interviews. If they are denied, they can review to see if they can assist with a Request for Review, including written counseling for individuals with security-related reasons ("Other") denials.

- Iraqis with U.S. employment or U.S. family affiliations. They help Iraqis apply to the Direct Access Program (DAP) administered by IOM. Their volunteers help locate employment verification. Additionally, they can coordinate with US relatives of Iraqis who may be able to file family-based immigration petitions for DAP.

- Afghans or Iraqis with U.S. employment applying for Special Immigrant Visa programs. They assist Afghans and Iraqis with all stages of the SIV process, including locating former US supervisors and preparing application documents.

- UNHCR Assistance. They can assist very vulnerable people in requests for recognition as refugees, including appealing rejections from UNHCR refugee recognition. For exceptionally vulnerable cases, and in cooperation with local UNHCR offices, they can refer a case to UNHCR to request protection services. The decision regarding any follow-up ultimately rests with UNHCR.

To contact them, send an email with your full name, telephone number, email address and a brief description of your need for legal services in English or Arabic to infoatrefugeerights [dot] org. They are not able to assist everyone who contacts them, and emailing them does not create an attorney-client relationship.

 

National Human Rights Committee (NHRC)

http://www.nhrc-qa.org/en/
Fereej Abdulaziz Area, Opposite Petrol Station, Nasser Bin Khalid Intercession Direction, Otabi Tower.
Tel: +974 44 08 844
Hotline: +974 66 62 66 63
Fax: +974 44 44 40 13
Email: click here

The NHRC was established in 2002, on the basis of Emiri Decree No. 38 of that year in order to uphold and promote the human rights in the International Treaties to which the State of Qatar has acceded. NHRC states that it is independent. While it does not mention refugees in the services it provides,NHRC does have a Legal Department, which is in charge with receiving and recording complaints, and with helping individuals to solve or mitigate their problems. The Committee undertakes a number of additional activities, such as visiting the Detention Centres and Prisons in Qatar; training programs for police and other officials to help ensure that abuses are avoided and providing legal advice regarding the sponsorship law or the labour law.

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