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AsyLex

Zurich, Switzerland
Joined May 2021

AsyLex is a non-profit organization located in Switzerland providing free legal advice to asylum seekers.

Presence in: Switzerland
Focus: Right to Information

AsyLex is an independent Swiss NGO that provides free legal advice to asylum seekers. AsyLex started in Switzerland, and in the meantime we were able to set up teams in Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Afghanistan. More than a hundred volunteers advocate the rights of refugees. The volunteers are provided with free training and digital working tools. Unlike other legal advice centers, AsyLex functions completely digitally. As a result, we are not only available around the clock via Email and Facebook, but can also get in touch with people who would otherwise not have access to legal advice due to remote housing or territorial restrictions set by the authorities or by family members. Thanks to the multilingual website, we can also reach people who speak neither an official Swiss language nor English. We are supported by numerous volunteer translators who also have a refugee background themselves.

Since AsyLex was founded 4 years ago, we have already supported 2800 asylum seekers with legal advice and representation. Over this time, it became obvious that authorities and courts on the national level regularly fail to take into account the special needs of vulnerable persons such as victims of human trafficking, sexual violence, torture and inhuman treatment as well as children – which is why it is crucial to take these cases to international courts. However, this regularly fails due to lack of funding and since legal representatives do not
correctly challenge the specific human rights violations on a national level. As a result, such serious human rights violations usually remain unchallenged and access to justice at the international level remains denied to refugees. Therefore, AsyLex started to support refugees also at the international level and to represent them in international claims before UN bodies. In this way, we can ensure that the most vulnerable people also have access to justice at the international level.

People Associated With This Organization

Joëlle Spahni

Switzerland  
AsyLex
Joined May 2022
Interests: Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Refugees & Migrant Rights
I have a Bachelors in Political Science and History of modern Age, a Masters in Migration Studies and am currently studying for another Masters in International Law and Diplomacy at the UN mandated University for Peace. My current role is Head of Operations and Co-Head International Litigation at the Swiss NGO AsyLex, an online legal advisory for refugees and asylum seekers.

Joëlle Spahni

Switzerland  
AsyLex
Joined May 2021
Interests: Family, Gender-based violence, Other, Right to Information, Women's Rights
AsyLex is an independent Swiss NGO that provides free legal advice to asylum seekers. AsyLex started in Switzerland, and in the meantime we were able to set up teams in Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Afghanistan. More than a hundred volunteers advocate the rights of refugees. The volunteers are provided with free training and digital working tools. Unlike other legal advice centers, AsyLex functions completely digitally. As a result, we are not only available around the clock via Email and Facebook, but can also get in touch with people who would otherwise not have access to legal advice due to remote housing or territorial restrictions set by the authorities or by family members. Thanks to the multilingual website, we can also reach people who speak neither an official Swiss language nor English. We are supported by numerous volunteer translators who also have a refugee background themselves.

We joined this network in order to connect with organisations and legal advisories which work in the same field all over the world. Due to the difficulties we encounter to raise funds to support destitute asylum seekers to get access to justice on national and international level, we are also always happy to receiving inputs on which foundations to approach in this regard.

Magda Koukoutsi

Switzerland  
AsyLex (Unverified)
Joined November 2022
Interests: Children's Rights, Gender-based violence, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Labor & Employment, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, LGBTQI+ Rights, Policy Advocacy, Protection & Safety, Refugees & Migrant Rights, Women's Rights
My name is Magda Koukoutsi, I am a lawyer from Greece and I currently live in Zurich, Switzerland. In the meantime, I provide my services as a Volunteer Legal Adviser to Asylex NGO (legal advice for asylum seekers and refugees).
I have a 12-year experience in the humanitarian and child protection field, working as an independed lawyer in law firms, as a legal assistant in NGOs and in IOM.
I am a former IOM Greek Mission’s staff member. Particularly, since 2019 I had been working for IOM Greek Mission, starting as a Legal Assistant and promoting to a Program Assistant in Athens, Greece [“Safe Zone Assistant” under the SMS Project), monitoring the operation of 15 safe zones for unaccompanied minors in sites located in mainland Greece. During all these years I have worked with very vulnerable beneficiaries, asylum seekers and refugees and especially with Unaccompanied minors, boys and girls, victims of torture and domestic violence.

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