Migration and Asylum Division

Seniors in multicultural Warsaw

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: The City of Warsaw – Biuro Pomocy i Projektów Społecznych
Project timeframe: 01.03.2020 – 31.12.2022
Grant amount: 135 500 PLN

Short description of the project:

The project is an activity aimed at seniors living in Warsaw. Its goal is to build an intergenerational and intercultural dialogue and to activate seniors by introducing them to other cultures, reinforcing tolerance and openness of seniors towards foreigners, promoting a positive image of seniors, as well as intercultural and intergenerational communication. The project is an unconventional proposal for the connecting seniors and foreigners who, thanks to the integrating power of shared action, can overcome stereotypes and fears present on both sides. As part of the project, shared actions devoted to other cultures are organised such as meetings with foreigners, visits to temples and other places of importance to foreign cultures, culinary workshops, art classes devoted to techniques typical of other cultures, a series of artistic workshops devoted to mosaics, open classes on other cultures during the Warsaw Senior Week, an intercultural picnic and Christmas meeting.

Project coordinator: Olga Hilik

Towards non-detention measures in the times of crisis and beyond

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Project timeframe: 06.05.2020 – 31.05.2022
Grant amount: 100 000 USD

The project aims to use the pandemic “momentum” to advocate for the more systemic release of migrants from detention while supporting released detainees in communities and securing their accommodation and basic needs. The above should contribute to the development of longer-term strategies which place non-detention measures in the center of migration management.

Project coordinator: Katarzyna Słubik

SIDA – Sustainable, Inclusive and Decent Work for All

Grantor: Norway Grants (Norwegian Financial Mechanism)
Program Operator: Norway Innovation
Project timeframe: 01.09.2020-31.08.2022
Grant amount: 214 000 EUR
Project leader: All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ)
Partners: Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)
The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
Association for Legal Intervention

Short description of the project:

The main objective of the project is enhanced implementation of a decent work agenda in Poland,with particular emphasis put on decent work arrangements for third-country nationals. Project agenda included: capacity building activities-training, meetings visiting the partner in Oslo, workshops in Poland, preparation of the Manual “Trade unions and migration” by SIP. Organisation of 4 implementation seminars, awareness – raising campaign (including launch and close events).

Project coordinator:  Katarzyna Słubik (k.slubik@interwencjaprawna.pl)

Out of the shadow. Support for victims of hate

Grantor: Active Citizens – National Fund financed by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism
Mechanism Operator: Stefan Batory Foundation
Project timeframe: 01.01.2021 – 30.09.2022
Grant amount: 37 500 EUR
Project partners: Homo Faber Association, Association for Legal Intervention, Nomada Association.

Short description of the project:

The project aims to support victims of crimes motivated by racial, ethnic, religious or national bias in order to minimize their consequences and help prosecute the perpetrators. As part of the project, 3 support centers will be established in cities where large migrant communities live: Warsaw, Wrocław and Lublin. It is a response to the problem of low availability of free support for this group of people. The project combines watchdog, advocacy and intervention activities. Registering cases, interventions and monitoring court cases will allow for effective publicity of these cases, changing the attitudes of law enforcement agencies and witnesses of racist violence, and taking action to change the law and the functioning of national or local government bodies and institutions.

Project coordinator: Agnieszka Kwaśniewska-Sadkowska

Rising Erasmus +

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: Erasmus + Program
Project timeframe: 01.11.2021 – 30.04.2023
Grant amount: 216.630,00 EUR
Project partners:
KENTRO MERIMNAS OIKOGENEIAS KAI PAIDIOU Greece
SAN GIUSEPPE ONLUS Italy
APROXIMAR- COOPERATIVA DE SOLIDARIEDADE SOCIAL Portugal
ASSOCIATION EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION ASOCIATIA Romania
Kadin ve Genc Girisim Merkezi Dernegi – Woman and Young Entrepreneurship Centre Association Turkey

Short description of the project:

The project aims to support migrants by supporting and boosting their motivation and helping them acquire the social skills needed to live in a new country.

Foreigners are usually given access to language and professional courses, but very often it is difficult for them to take full advantage of the opportunities on offer. This can be as a result of past traumas and difficult experiences in their countries of origin, while sometimes it comes about simply because  finding your place in a completely new, unknown life situation is no simple task.

Together with our partner organizations, we have therefore found that in order to support the integration of migrants, it is necessary to put into action more effective educational methods that use innovative approaches to increase the motivation of participants. The RISING project postulates to add such activities to the educational programs offered to migrants.

As part of the project, we will train 30 mentors and 30 migrants from partner countries. We will also create a toolkit to help mentors in their work with foreigners.

Project goals:

  • Developing and reinforcing awareness about the importance of motivation as an essential factor for the continued development and education of migrants;
  • Increase the number of foreigners intersted in joining mentoring programs;
  • Strengthening mentors’ skills, especially with regard to motivating migrants to action;
  • Prepare a mentor’s handbook with resources and tools for mentoring sessions;
  • Increase the level of motivation and a pro-active stance among migrant charges;
  • Improving the relationship between mentors and mentees, thanks to a better understanding of mutual expectations;
  • Strengthen the skills of the employees and volunteers of the project partner organizations, thanks to which they will be able to more effectively support migrants and their mentors.

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar

Eu PAM „Eu-Pact on Asylum and Migration”

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: European Union
Project timeframe: 01.03.2021 – 31.08.2024
Grant amount: 148 680 EUR
Project partners:
Leader: Borderline-europe, Germany
SIP, Poland
Borderline-sicilia, Italy
Humans before borders (HUBB), Portugal
Subjective values, Hungary
Udruga Pank, Croatia

Short description of the project:

This project brings together six organizations from European Union countries dealing with migration, which, thanks to many years of experience and knowledge of the subject, have the goal to maximally disseminate the “New Pact on Asylum and Migration” prepared for the EU in 2020. To this end, each partner will aim to reach the widest possible group of interested parties, through organizing conferences and meetings and publishing topical materials. Added value, thanks to regular meetings, is gained through the resultant cooperation between the organizations, and exchange of knowledge, experiences and observations.

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar

Kompleks

Grantor: Norway Grants
Operator: MSWiA (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, Poland)
Project timeframe: 01.08.2021 – 31.07.2023
Grant amount: 742 730 EUR
Leader: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Project partners: Polish Migration Forum Foundation
Urząd ds. Cudzoziemców
Norvegian police
Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Short description of the project:

The project aims to support the Polish migration and asylum management system and to take into account the needs of migrants with special needs (TSO). Project activities undertaken in multilateral cooperation between the partners will complement each other, creating a comprehensive network supporting migrants. Indirectly, by strengthening institutions supporting migrants, thanks to trainings, workshops, study visits, analyses. Directly, by supporting the migrants themselves, providing legal, psychological and case management advice.

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar

One for All, All for One IV

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: The Open Society Foundation
Project timeframe: 01.10.2021-31.12.2022
Grant amount: 125 000 USD

Project Partners (Polish NGOs): Amnesty International Poland, Migrant Info Point, Our Choice Foundation, Polish Migration Forum Foundation, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Polish Hospitality (Chlebem i Solą and website uchodźcy.info), Homo Faber Association, Association for Legal Intervention, Nomada Association.

Short description of the project:

This consortium supporting immigrants and refugees in Poland is an informal group of 9 organizations that support migrants and refugees in 4 different regions of Poland (Lublin, Poznań, Warsaw, Wrocław). The consortium was established in May 2017 in a meeting of organizations supporting immigrants and refugees from the Visegrad Group countries. Since then, the consortium members have met monthly to support each other and plan joint activities according to the memorandum of understanding agreed at the first meeting. 

As part of the project, members of the Consortium will work together to maintain and expand support for immigrants and refugees in Poland, especially those in a difficult situation, offering them a wide range of direct assistance – primarily legal, psychological and social. An additional part of the project will be the creation of a draft strategy for the protection of the rights of migrant workers. The action will be complemented by the creation of a group of allies that will be created by inviting additional actors to the process – experts, scientists, trade unions, employers’ organizations, migrant activists. The goal of the strategy is to undertake shared organised action together with government and official bodies (labor offices, unions, labor inspections, etc.) to promote the rights of migrant employees, and also to involve employers and migrants themselves in these actions.

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar

Into the Freedom

Grantor: Activ Citizen Found. Regional, Norway Grants
Operator: Consortium:Fundacja Rozwoju Demokracji Lokalnej im. Jerzego Regulskiego, Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Informacyjnego, Fundacja Edukacja dla Demokracji
Project timeframe: 01.2022-30.09.2023
Grant amount: 83,972EUR

Short description of the project:

The project provides legal assistance to persons placed in Detention Centres for Foreigners in Lesznowola and Kętrzyn. In the case of ascertaining violations of law or obvious needlessness of detention, talks with the Border Guard will be undertaken in order to release the detainees, where foreigners will be supported holistically by a case manager, lawyer, psychologist, as required.

The project aims to demonstrate that the same objectives that are currently attempted by depriving migrants of liberty can be effectively achieved under conditions in which freedom is not taken away.

Project coordinator: Natallia Klimchuk

Strong nevertheless

Grantor: Activ Citizen Found. Regional, Norway Grants
Operator: Consortium Batory Foundation, Shipyard Foundation and the Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation
Project timeframe: 01.2022 – 12.2023
Grant amount: 84,900 EUR
This project is in cooperation with: Polish Hospitality Foundation

Short description of the project:

The project intends to support the process of empowerment of persons who have experienced forced migration from vulnerable groups: preparing and involving them in self-advocacy and support with comprehensive counselling. The target group of the project are refugee women and men who are vulnerable to social exclusion due to their situation: people affected by violence, refugees raising children alone or in large families, the chronically ill and traumatised, people with experience of detention, LGBT+ people. The project addresses the problem of the low visibility of these groups’ voices  in public debate and the insufficient availability of specialised, comprehensive support for them. As a result of the project activities, about 15 people will become active self-advocates regarding their own case, and comprehensive support will be provided to min. 120 persons.

Coordinator: Maria Deuar

Together against Discrimination III

Counseling for groups particularly at risk of discrimination

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: The City of Warsaw
Project timeframe: 01.02.2022 – 31.12.2022
Grant amount: 100 000 PLN
Partner in the project: Lambda Association

Short description of the project:

The general goal of the project will be to increase the availability of anti-discrimination counseling in the field of psychological and legal assistance for representatives of two particularly vulnerable risk groups: LGBT people living in Warsaw and migrants.

This goal will be realised by offering members of these two groups access to professional legal and psychological counseling related to discrimination or prejudice motivated violence experienced by them.

Counseling will be provided at the offices of the partners (the Lambda Warsaw Association and the Association for Legal Intervention).

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar

No Detention Necessary III

Grantor: the project is co-financed by the Network of European Foundations within the framework of the European Programme for Integration and Migration
Project timeframe:  01.03.2022 – 31.01.2023
Grant amount: 120 000 EUR

Short description of the project:

The No Detention Necessary Project has been piloting an innovative approach to detention alternatives. Based on the model of effective detention alternatives developed by the International Detention Coalition – the so-called Community Assessment and Placement model (CAP) – those leaving detention centers or threatened with detention, are offered support in the form of quasi-social work (case management), as well as legal and psychological counselling. Moreover, we endeavor to increase the involvement of the migrants covered by the program in the procedures that they participate in, improve their functioning at large and develop a long-term action plan with them, based on national legislation on migration. The project is implemented between 2017 and 2019.

We invite newcomers who have been initiated or completed proceedings for obligation to return (including persons who have unsuccessfully applied for international protection) to cooperate within the project, and:

  • were released from the detained center for migrants,
  • are subject to obligations arising from alternative measures to detention, or
  • managed to avoid placement in a detention center for migrants.

Support from the project may be granted (except in special cases) only to persons who are:

  • capable of meeting their basic living needs, i.e. accommodation and board,
  • not at significant risk of fleeing.

The support provided under the project shall include

  • case management: providing information, intermediation between administrative authorities and migrants, assistance in dealing with current issues, joint development of crisis exit strategies, quasi-social work,
  • legal advice,
  • psychological support,
  • language support.

Project coordinator: Katarzyna Słubik, k.slubik@interwencjaprawna.pl.

Humanitarian work in Poland with Ukrainian refugees

Grantor: The Tides Foundation (Google)
Project timeframe: 02.03.2022 – 31.01.2024
Grant amount1 000 000 USD
Project Partners: Fundacja Centrum Badań Migracyjnych (Migrant Info Point), Fundacja dla Somalii, Fundacja Nasz Wybór, Fundacja Polskie Forum Migracyjne, Helsińska Fundacja Praw Człowieka, Klub Inteligencji Katolickiej, Polska Gościnność (Chlebem i Solą), Stowarzyszenie Homo Faber, Stowarzyszenie Nomada, Związek Ukraińców w Polsce (Oddział w Przemyślu)

Short description of the project:

The project is implemented by the consortium of organizations supporting immigrants and refugees in different cities of Poland (Lublin, Poznań, Przemyśl, Warszawa, Wrocław). Its main goal is to deliver humanitarian aid to the people fleeing Ukraine, such as providing shelter, material aid, psychological and integration assistance, as well as legal and employment advice. A part of the project is the organizational development of the consortium, mainly purchase of the equipment, various trainings and fundraising activities. 

Koordynatorka: Aleksandra Gutowska

Stronger together

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: The Open Society Foundation
Project timeframe: 01.04.2022 – 31.12.2023
Grant amount: 500 000 USD
Project Partners (Polish NGOs): Amnesty International Poland, Migrant Info Point, Our Choice Foundation, Polish Migration Forum Foundation, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Polish Hospitality Foundation (Chlebem i Solą and website uchodźcy.info), Homo Faber Association, Association for Legal Intervention, Nomada Association.

This is the next project implemented within the Consortium, a group of 9 organisations working since 2017 to support migrants and refugees in Poland, in 4 regions (Lublin, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw) but the first one directly targeting only Ukrainian citizens.

The main goal of this project is to provide high quality legal, social, psychological, professional etc. assistance to refugees from Ukraine who are in a particularly difficult situation in 4 cities in Poland.  

The project also aims to strengthen existing cooperation within the Consortium by building more formal structures.

The project will complement and develop existing counselling and information services in these NGOs. It will lead to strengthening the organisations in times of crisis, providing opportunities for self-development in the form of workshops and training for staff, thus ensuring further development of the organisations and their services.

Coordinator: Maria Deuar

Legal Task Force

Grantor: Oxfam GB
Project timeframe: 15.04.2022 – 31.03.2023
Grant amount: 62 439 euro

Short description of the project:

The overall objective of the project is to identify most vulnerable persons fleeing Ukraine and provide them with legal assistance and introducing strategic litigation when necessary and to identify and fill in the gaps in the state response to the war in Ukraine and a crisis at the Belarussian border to protect the rights of the most vulnerable. Moreover in the framework of the project the capacity of SIP’s legal team will be strengthened and a comprehensive safeguarding policy will be elaborated. 

Coordinator Aleksandra Gutowska

Capacity Building for Foster Care Professionals and Foster Families in Poland

Grantor: IOM
Project timeframe: 01.06.2022 – 31.10.2022
Grant amount: 19 588 USD

Short description of the project:

According to estimates 5,000 – 7,000 children who were in foster care in Ukraine have crossed the border into Poland since the outbreak of war in this country. In light of the potential for large numbers of unaccompanied and separated children to be present in Poland, and recent changes to legislation concerning temporary guardianship and foster care for such children, there is a need to train and inform relevant actors on the updated measures. 

In the frame of the project the experts from the Association for Legal Intervention will supplement the existing trainer’s manual, developed within the project “Fostering Across Borders” implemented by IOM Poland, in partnership with SIP in the years 2018-2019. Additionally, the project foresees the roll out of 10 one-day trainings delivered to foster care professionals and foster families. The trainings will focus on the rights and responsibilities of unaccompanied and separated children as well as their guardians and caregivers, guided by the principle of the best interest of the child. 

Coordinator: Aleksandra Gutowska