Community Empowerment at Asylum Access Thailand

Build the capacity of refugees to support their communities and fulfill their own needs. Asylum Access Thailand continues to facilitate a wide variety of refugee-led community empowerment groups.

Community Outreach Projects


Through KYO, AAT aims to provide refugees with information on protection mechanisms, basic services, and refugee-serving organizations to help them navigate the challenges they face in Bangkok. The project also aims to develop refugees’ understanding of Thai culture so that they live harmoniously with Thai communities.

A booklet for asylum seekers and refugees in Thailand


One of the challenges refugees face is unfair and dangerous working conditions. AAT implements the ELS training provided the information of labour and employment law, protection and the knowledge of work safety. This training aims to raise refugee awareness of Thai employment law and safety at work, especially those newcomers in Thailand who may not be familiar with working conditions and recognise their protection.

Employment Law and Safety at Work Booklet


AAT has developed the mentorship project to provide the community mentors with extensive knowledge and information about mentoring in order to assist them to develop the core mentoring skills for engaging in a mutually beneficial teaching and learning relationship with their community. Provided training will focus on particular skills and technical knowledge community mentors need to excel in their role as mentors.


CBSS seeks to address the gender-specific needs of refugee women and girls through well-established community prevention and response mechanisms with the ultimate goal of enhancing resilience and independence. Provided training and workshops are in the area of psycho-social support, SGBV, gender issues, child protection, and parenting skills.


DCA project supports refugee-led groups in pursuing community initiatives through the refugee leadership initiative programs. These groups work to identify and resolve issues in their communities, using a participatory approach. They will be prepared to address their communities’ concern to the public audience and those who are interested in refugees’ issues.


AAT facilitates REG to improve refugees’ access to livelihood opportunities and promote peer support among the community. Through REG, AAT aims to empower refugees in their pursuit of income-generating activities, thus reducing financial stress and uncertainty that many face. There are currently three active groups – two produce handicrafts, while the third helps refugees build food catering businesses. Under these projects, AT helps to facilitate community mentor projects where more experienced group members provide guidance to new members and provide connections to other organizations for business development and networking.

Click Aroi

Click Aroi project equips refugees with cooking skills and creates channels for them to tell stories through their food. In bringing home cooked food from refugee populations to the public, Click Aroi is a platform through which refugee communities can share their cultures and cuisines.


CHAMALiiN’s handicraft program offers women from refugee communities in Bangkok the opportunity to become economically empowered through their art. Participants invent patterns based on traditional Hmong and Henna designs, which are incorporated into various products.

AAT Updates

Stay informed with press releases, announcements, refugee stories and news

  • Research Report “Healthcare Access and Services for Urban Refugee Communities During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Community Findings”
    Asylum Access Thailand is excited to share the results of our refugee-led research study on how refugees in Bangkok access healthcare leading up to and during the pandemic. The results show that, while each of the seven participating communities experience the pandemic differently, every community now faces additional barriers to care than before the pandemic. It is vital that refugees …
  • The comic book “The Three Friends against COVID-19”
    The comic book, The Three Friends against COVID-19 is available now for every urban refugee community in 14 languages – English, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Ede, Hmong, Jarai, Khmer, Somali, Tamil, Vietnamese, Urdu. The COVID-19 has been affecting everyone, especially the children. During this time, many children still cannot access basic covid-19 resources to prevent themselves from the virus because …
  • 3rd ATD MOU anniversary in Thailand
    Today, January 21, 2022, is the third year since ATD MOU was established in Thailand on January 21, 2019.ATD MOU is a significant and positive step to preserve the rights of the child and their family members. Nonetheless, room for improvement still remains in its implementation.Asylum Access Thailand and the coalition hope the ATD MOU will be a sustainable solution, …
  • AAT Policy Advocacy Blog#4 Story of Pari
    The DCA group provides me with great knowledge and training to become a human rights advocate for my community. Pari, DCA Group Member The Policy Advocacy team of Asylum Access Thailand interviewed Pari, a 17-year old Pakistani refugee who now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. In this new policy advocacy blog, she shared her journey to Thailand from the country of …
  • Overcome COVID-19 together
    In the midst-year of 2021, the COVID-19 situation in Thailand was at its peak and heavily impacted people’s everyday lives. Rashi, her daughters, and their community members were bound to stay at home with the limited choices of relaxing activities, and their mental well-being was filled with fear, loneliness, and anxiety. The video will show the challenges they face and …
  • Language Justice for Refugee Communities
    Hello Friend, My name is Maya*, and I want to share with you about how the program that I coordinate helps refugee communities advocate for their rights. The refugee communities in Thailand come from all over the world and speak many different languages. My program trains bilingual members of our communities to become interpreters and paralegals so that our communities …
  • COVID-19 E-book
    Due to the COVID-19 disruption in Thailand, many refugees have limited access to valid information regarding measurement and appropriate protection from the virus. Asylum Access Thailand urged to distribute necessary information for the refugees to ensure their wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Asylum Access Thailand compiled a wide range of information from researches, academic reports, and sources to this E-book. …
  • How Thai Civil Society Organizations Are Working Together to Advance Refugee Rights
    How do you advance refugee rights in a country that does not yet recognize refugees? Naiyana Thanawattho, Executive Director of Asylum Access Thailand, Emily Arnold-Fernández, President and CEO of Asylum Access, and Waritsara Rungthong of the Peace Way Foundation have provided key insight into this conundrum in an article featured in the latest issue of Forced Migration Review by drawing …
  • AAT Policy Advocacy Blog#3 หลักการห้ามผลักดันกลับ หรือ Non-Refoulement ผูกพันประเทศไทยอย่างไร
    หลักการห้ามผลักดันกลับ หรือ Non-Refoulement ผูกพันประเทศไทยอย่างไร Written by Kornkanok Wathanabhoom, Policy Advocacy and Communications Coordinator