UN Annual Consultations With NGOs Asylum Access

Our Achievements

Some of our major achievements over the past ten years:

  • Advocated for greater fairness in UN proceedings that make life-or-death decisions for around 100,000 refugees each year in more than 50 countries around the world. Now 40% more people receive protection.
  • Secured asylum, prevented forcible return or unjust detention, and guaranteed rights in schools and workplaces for thousands of refugees in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Successfully advocated for the inclusion of refugee rights in the Ecuadorian constitution. Now 250,000 refugees can lawfully work and feed their families.
  • We broke the news of “repatriation by terror” — midnight evictions and torching of refugees homes in an effort force them to leave Tanzania — resulting in an end to these practices and the protection of 30,000 refugees from forcible return to a country in which their lives were at risk.
  • We have successfully sought improvements in refugee detention issues in Thailand, where detention issues are a key refugee rights priority. Among these, we changed Thailand’s policy to allow the release of children from detention without bail.
  • Established Mexico’s first “hospitality route,” along which migrating refugees can access safety and rights instead of facing arrest and deportation.
  • In Panama City, we successfully advocated for refugees to legally engage in small-scale entrepreneurial activities, creating an avenue for income-generation and self-sufficiency.
  • Worked with the Tanzanian government on a forthcoming urban refugee policy that will make it possible for refugees to rebuild their lives outside refugee camps.
  • Successfully advocated to the Malaysian government for the rescue of Rohingya refugees stranded offshore.
  • Developed a Refugee Rights Toolkit to support emerging refugee rights advocates launching initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Currently in its pilot edition, the Toolkit has already supported two refugee rights leaders in India and Indonesia through a combination of one-on-one mentorship and access to an online library of tools and resources from Asylum Access’s ten years of experience making refugee rights a reality.
  • In the past ten years, we have reached 1,000,000 refugees through successful policy advocacy and strategic litigation successes.
  • Over the past ten years, we have successfully assisted more refugees in each consecutive year. Today, Asylum Access reaches over 20,000 refugees annually through direct legal assistance in Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Thailand, Malaysia and Tanzania. Our legal advocates help refugees assert their fundamental rights to safety, lawful employment, education and protection from injustice.
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