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£12,545raised of £20,000 target by 135 supporters

    Weʼve raised £12,545 to fund the Athens Legal Support Project for refugees: Phase 1

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    We are a group of UK volunteer immigration lawyers who with the support of ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, charity no 1155286) and in conjunction with a Community Centre in Athens, have set up the Athens Legal Support Project, a 4 month pilot from 10 April-28 July 2017 to provide legal advice and support to refugees and Greek lawyers. In the current crisis Greek lawyers are incredibly overstretched and the majority of refugees do not receive advice or representation prior to receiving the initial decision on their claim. If their claim is refused there is an exceedingly long delay in processing appeals. Some of us have already spent time working in Greece and have seen first-hand the desperate need for legal support.

    For the duration of the project we will send 2 experienced immigration lawyers to Athens every 2 weeks to assist in preparing the first stages of the asylum claim; to train and build capacity for Greek lawyers; and to develop remote support services. We will be relying heavily on local interpreters, without whom we simply won’t be able to provide effective assistance.

    This project is voluntary, so without your support we will be entirely self-funded. For lawyers travelling to Greece this means we will be giving up annual leave and taking time away from our practices.

    -Our urgent priority is to fund Greek interpreters. We need 2 interpreters per day for the 3 month duration of the project. At a cost of about €70 per day, we need to raise in the region of £9,000.

    -Any funds remaining will be put towards flights, accommodation and subsistence for volunteer lawyers, the costs of which will be kept to a minimum, but allowing £450 per lawyer for the duration of the project amounts to £11,000. ILPA is also assisting to fund accommodation.

    For the duration of the project we need to raise close to £20,000. For phase 1, to cover costs to the end of April, please help us reach our initial target of £6,000!

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    • Julia LOWIS

      Julia LOWIS

      3 months ago

      Julia LOWIS

      The project has now been running for a month, during which we have assisted over 50 refugees in and around Athens: at the Khora Community Centre, Lavrio and Ritsona refugee camps, squats in Athens, and on visits to the Greek Asylum Service. The needs of the refugees are extremely wide-ranging, from advice about family reunification, being stuck in limbo and unable to progress their claims, or preparing for their asylum interview. Thank you so much for your ongoing support, it makes all the difference to enable us to carry out this vital work!!

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    • Julia LOWIS

      Julia LOWIS

      5 months ago

      Julia LOWIS

      We want to say HUGE thanks to everyone who has already donated to this project - in just 2 days you have raised over £8,000, which will make such a difference to the effectiveness of our work and our ability to assist refugees in Greece. We are so touched by everyone's enthusiasm and generosity, and a special thanks in particular to Andrea Ransley and Gary McIndoe!!

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    135

    • Susan Attride-Stirling

      Susan Attride-Stirling

      May 17, 2017

      Donation from Rod and Susan Attride-Stirling

      £200.00

    • Rob Dolan

      Rob Dolan

      May 17, 2017

      £50.00

    • Oli Vitoslavska

      Oli Vitoslavska

      May 15, 2017

      Fantastic cause with a true long term positive effect. Well done and thank you.

      £50.00

    • Peter Goodman

      Peter Goodman

      May 15, 2017

      Thanks Diana for giving me a home and for working hard to give home to others

      £100.00

    • Angus Roy

      Angus Roy

      May 14, 2017

      Great cause Bryony! Good luck

      £50.00

    • Jason Pobjoy

      Jason Pobjoy

      May 11, 2017

      A terrific cause!

      £50.00

    • Catherine Lewis

      Catherine Lewis

      May 10, 2017

      £50.00

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