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Asylum Access Thailand

Asylum Access Thailand is non-profit organization founded to make human rights for Urban Refugees and Asylum seekers in Thailand through providing legal service.

Presence in: Thailand
Focus: Generalist Legal Services

Asylum Access Thailand (AAT), established in 2007, provides legal counsel and representation to refugees seeking asylum in refugee status determination proceedings conducted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangkok. Our clients come from over 40 different nationalities. While the majority are from Pakistan and Somalia, we also see clients from Sri Lanka, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries. AAT helped refugees to assert their fundamental human rights through using integrated tool, such as legal representation to UNHCR Refugee Status Determination process, community legal empowerment, policy advocacy and strategic litigation in domestic legal system.

People Associated With This Organization

Matthijs Ivo Niks

Asylum Access Thailand
Joined November 2022
Interests: Refugees & Migrant Rights
I am the RSD team lead in Asylum Access Thailand, which means that I oversee the part of AAT's legal team that provides free legal advice and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in Thailand with their RSD process with UNHCR and Long-Term Legal Solutions, including options to move to a third country. Before coming to AAT, I worked at StARS in Cairo on RSD. In both organizations, I have worked with paralegals and building their capacity to provide legal services to their own communities. By joining the Namati network I hope to learn more about different approaches to legal empowerment and working together with other organizations that consider legal empowerment as the end goal to further advance the rights of marginalized communities

Mohamud Shuqul

Asylum Access Thailand
Joined September 2021
Interests: Other
I work with Asylum Access Thailand as a Community Engagement Coordinator. I am involved in couple of projects that focus on Community Empowerment particularly in the areas of advocacy and mentorship. With Thailand being one of the countries where refugees don't have access to protection I am looking forward to learn how refugee empowerment can bring about accountability that eventually leads to a better protection for refugees

Naiyana Thanawattho

Asylum Access Thailand
Joined April 2021
Interests: Policy Advocacy
I joined Asylum Access Thailand (AAT) since January 2019 as Executive Director. My expertise is in human rights, refugee issues, child rights, child protection, emergency response and M&E, My overall work at AAT is as follows:
Oversee operations, programming, and policy advocacy at Asylum Access in Thailand with 17 staff members and 6 volunteers. Ensure good quality legal services, community legal empowerment programming for urban refugee population from over 45 countries around the world. Advocate for policy and legal framework changes for refugees to have legal status that will enable them to live safely, move freely, attend school, work, and rebuild their lives.

Actively contribute to the promotion of the human rights for refugees by joining key networks such as the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), Immigration Detention Thematic Working Group of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), and CRSP. Meanwhile, also increase the visibility of Asylum Access Thailand in different arenas at national, regional and global level.

Through the role of CRSP Coordinator, lead the Coalition which is the main coalition working to promote rights to protection of urban refugees in Thailand, in its advocacy work. Develop policy strategies, work plan and monitoring plan for CRSP focusing on the implementation of the National Screening Mechanism and the community-based alternatives to detention for children and family.

Big part of AAT work is on legal empowerment. We work with a team of paralegal who are refugees from different communities in Bangkok, coming from 15 different countries. We provide them with knowledge on basic and relevant Thai law that will enable refugees to at least live safely in Thai society despite their illegal status. The paralegals assist AAT in linking us with the community members in need of legal protection. We present these issues as evidence to change law and policy in Thailand to enable refugees to be able to live safely, move freely, work, go to school, and get basic health care. Joining the course, I hope, will enable me to improve our legal empowerment program and collect more evidence to advocate for systematic changes at the national and global level.

Before joining AAT, I worked with Save the Children, UNHCR and Unicef.

Nichapa Chanwisitkul

Asylum Access Thailand
Joined August 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment
Nichapa has graduated from law school, Chulalongkorn University and works at Asylum Access Thailand (AAT), providing legal advise and representation for refugees seeking asylum and conducting Refugee Status Determination process (RSD) with UNHCR in Thailand, as a protection officer and paralegal project coordinator. As Protection Officer at AAT, her roles is to provide protection to asylum seekers and refugees in Bangkok by providing legal counseling and assisting them for RSD process; furthermore, under her supervisor, she is a focal person for paralegal project which aims to empower refugee community to assist themselves and expand access to Justice through their paralegal.

Saeid Ghassemzadeh

Asylum Access Thailand
Joined March 2022
Interests: Children's Rights, Citizenship & Identification, Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence
I have been working with AAT for a year, learning Thai law and providing information to the Iranian refugee community.

Suyanee Vicsitcharoenkul

Asylum Access Thailand
Joined September 2021
Interests: Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services
Hello! My name is Suyanee Vicsitcharoenkul, a law graduate. Now, I am working as a Protection Officer at Asylum Access Thailand. Regarding the legal empowerment, I am very interested in it as I believe that this is the best protection ways for everyone if they face any violations. In particular, for the refugess in Thailand, they are struggling with many legal issues and could not access many basic needs, due to the lack of refugee's rights in domestic legal system. With this background, I then believe that the best way to support refugee in Thailand is building legal empowerment in the commuity, so they could aware that they, as a human being, still have rights and standup for themselves once they face legal issues or police abuses. Therefore, I have a thirst to learn tons of interesting ideas, experience as well as knowledge from people who share the same goal in the network and I also would be happy to share my exprience and ideas with everyone. With these above reasons and background, I would love to be a part of Legal Empowerment Network!

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