Fahamu (which means ‘understanding’ or ‘consciousness’ in Kiswahili) Refugee Programme
Italy Pro Bono Directory
As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.
Important information for persons seeking asylum in Italy: Legal aid for asylum seekers is available only for appeals. Lists of legal aid lawyers can be found at the Legal Services Commission of the competent court. (If you google ‘Ordine degli avvocati’ + the name of the town/city where the competent court sits, you can find the website or phone number of the body dealing with legal aid. Sometimes they have lists of legal aid lawyers on their webpages. Often the information you are looking for is found clicking on ‘Patrocinio a spese dello stato’ and then on ‘Elenco degli Avvocati’).
Asilo in Europa (Asylum in Europe)
Tel: +39 34 02 87 20 14
Asilo in Europa is a newly-established NGO based in Bologna (Italy) and composed of young and motivated professionals (lawyers, anthropologists, journalists) who live and work in different EU countries. Their main aims are:
1) promoting the development of a common understanding of the European dimension of asylum law
2) promoting the exchange of information among NGOs that work in different countries
Their blog Asilo in Europa provides news and commentaries on EU asylum law and policy; and a description of the main points of the asylum systems of each EU Member State.
Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI)
Address : via Gerdil, 7 – 10152 – Torino, Italy
Tel/fax : 011.4369158
The Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI) is a membership-based association focusing on all juridical aspects of immigration. As a pool of lawyers, academics, consultants and civil society representatives, ASGI’s expertise relates to various areas of immigration and migrants’ rights, including but not limited to anti-discrimination and migrants rights, xenophobia, children’s and unaccompanied minor’s rights, asylum seekers, refugees, stateless, and citizenship.
APN – Avvocati per niente (Lawyers for Free)
Via della Signora, 3/a, 20122 Milano
Tel: +39 (0)2 76 31 67 18
Fax: +39 (0)2 76 31 30 16
APN is an association of volunteer lawyers that deal with immigration and asylum cases.
Via Ritiro, 24 Modica (Rg)
Tel: +39 34 09 80 21 96
Monitors migration in Sicily: the arrival of migrants, their arrival in centers, and their administrative detention, with a particular focus on vulnerable categories (women, minors, asylum seekers)
•Publishes on their blog material about their activities
•Sends monthly newsletters summarising important events of the month
•Legal, social and medical assistance and monitoring
•Lobbying and advocacy activities
•Promotion of important cases in different tribunals
•Management with other organisations of the Observatory against discrimination “Noureddine Adnan”
Tel: +39 (0)2 76 03 73 37
Via Aurelia, 796, 00165 Roma
Tel: +39 (0)6 66 17 70 01
Fax: +39 (0)6 66 17 76 02
Via Venier, 50, Treviso, (ingresso davanti al Park Dal Negro)
Tel: +39 (0)4 22 54 65 85
Fax: +30 (0)4 22 41 20 11
Caritas has offices in every diocese. The services they provide to asylum seekers vary and they may include legal advice as well as other support.
Centro Servizi per i Cittadini Extracomunitari ACLI – Caritas
Via del Sale 4a, 34121 Trieste
Tel: +39 (0)4 03 13 486
Fax: +39 (0)4 03 13 497
Provides social and legal assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in Trieste.
CIR – Consiglio Italiano per I Rifugiati (Italian Refugee Council)
CIR Rome, Via del Velabro 5/A, 00186 Roma
Tel: +39 (0)6 69 20 01 14
Contact Persons: Christopher Hein
The CIR have offices all over Italy, in Malpensa, Gorizia, Venezia, Verona, Ancona, Caserta, Napoli, Lecce, Brindisi, Badolato, Palermo and Catania, details of which are available on their website. The goal of CIR is to defend the rights of refugees and asylum seekers through assistance at the border to ensure access to refugee protection; social and legal assistance for asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection; Reception and care for victims of torture; assistance to refugee women; legal assistance and social guidance for unaccompanied minors; and assistance to refugee communities. CIR are a member of Euromediterranean Human Rights Network. The Italian Refugee Council is a member of the Euromed Human Rights Network’s Migration and Asylum Working group.
Comunità S. Egidio
Piazza S. Egidio 3, 00153 Roma
Tel: +39 (0)6 58 95 945
Fax: +39 (0)6 58 00 197
Provides accommodation centres for migrants and refugees and provides service including counselling and canteens. Integration through language classes and creation of links between migrants and community.
Cooperativa sociale K-Pax
Via Pelabrocco 14, 25043 Breno (BS)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Tel: +39 (0)3 64 32 13 65
K-Pax is a managing body of Italian SPRAR (Services for asylum seekers and refugees). It works in direct link with the local public services. The services offered include:
•day and night hosting
•Italian language lessons, professional courses and job training
•social housing, help finding employment and accommodation
•integration moment with the local population
•monthly newsletters with news about the refugees situation
•support and orientation in the bureaucracy of the asylum seeking process
•help preparing interviews at the “Territorial Commission of Milan”
•legal assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in Valle Camonica through specialist lawyers
•medical assistance through local health services and monitoring,
•psychological and psychiatric support, particular focus on vulnerable categories (mental disorders, torture victim)
Viale Monte Grappa, 30, 24047 Treviglio (Bergamo)
Tel: +39 33 13 58 54 06
International Human Rights organisation with particular reference to protection of the rights of refugees, migrants and other social groups victims of persecution, discrimination and marginalisation.
Fondazione Franco Verga
Via Anfiteatro 14, 20121 Milano
Tel: +39 (0)2 86 93 194
Fax: +39 (0)2 87 90 95
Provides social and legal assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in Milano.
NAGA – Associazione Volontaria di Assistenza Socio – Sanitaria e per i Diritti di Stranieri e Nomadi
Via Zamenhof, 7/A, 20136 Milano
Tel: +39 (0)2 58 10 25 99
Fax: +39 (0)2 83 92 927
NAGA facilitates access to legal aid for refugees in securing asylum, in gaining residence permits, for family reunification, the right to work, regularisation for children and marriage, and fight deportations. All services are offered free of charge and with a constant attention to individual cases and the affirmation of individual rights. They also provide basic health services and specialist psychological advice, guidance and psychiatric all of which is offered free of charge.
Servizio dei Gesuiti per i Rifugiati (Italian Jesuit Refugee Services)
Associazione Centro Ascalli – Servizio dei Gesuiti per i Rifugiati, Via degli Ascalli 14/a, 00186 Rome
Tel: +39 (0)6 69 70 03 06
The Ascalli Center provides food, a place to shower, access to medical care and psychological support, access the legal advice, Italian language lessons.
The San Saba reception centre provides 37 beds for refugee men. La Casa di Giorgio provides 35 beds for refugee women and children. There is also the Pedro Arrupe Centre which comprises a community of refugee families, the Aver Drom centre for unaccompanied minors aged 15-18, Marco House for children aged 0 to 10 and the Maria Theresa home for women experiencing psycho-social problems and their children.
Help finding employment and accommodation are also provided. The Centre runs a laundry business that provides employment for refugees.
Stranieri in Italia (Foreigners in Italy)
Tel: 166 105 612 open Monday-Friday 10:00-19:00
Provides a telephone ‘advice line’ for all foreigners in Italy, including asylum seekers. The website has some useful information about the Italian asylum system in 9 languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Turkish, Albanian, Russian, Arab and Farsi (go to the website address, and click on “Vademecum Rifugiati” – or ask about this when you call the advice line.
UPM – Ufficio Pastorale Migranti, Turin
Via Ceresole 42, 10155 Torino
Tel: +39 (0)1 12 42 092
•Family reunion practices
•Help with citizenship requests and renewal of papers
•Help preparing CVs and work interviews
•Italian classes and vocational guidance
UPM – Il Punto di Domande – Centro Aiuti Elaborazione Storie Richiedenti d’Asilo
Via Porporati 3, 10152 Torino
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Tel: +39 (0)11 43 68 038
Mobile: +39 38 89 85 37 85
•Support and orientation in the bureaucracy of asylum seeking process
•Helps preparing interviews at the “Commissione Territoriale di Torino” (Territorial commission of Turin)
•Helps finding legal services
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