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Association for Legal Intervention (SIP), Poland

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej (SIP), eng. The Association for Legal Intervention, is a civil society organisation whose statutory objective is to take steps aimed at ensuring that human rights are respected and that no individual is treated unequally, disregard of their nationality, ethnicity, religion  and migration status.

SIP seeks social cohesion by means of promoting the equality of all people in the face of the law. SIP extends its support chiefly to refugees and migrants in Poland. As of now, they form a group which runs a considerable risk of being socially excluded or discriminated against.

There are many ways in which SIP strives to achieve its goals:

  • SIP provides free of charge legal assistance to migrants and refugees in Poland
  • when fundamental rights of migrants are at risk, SIP represents them before Polish courts and the European Court of Human Rights and SIP also makes third-party interventions in pending proceedings
  • SIP takes an active part in social consultations related to legal acts pertaining to the situation of migrants in Poland. SIP responds to any breaches of their rights as soon as possible
  • SIP helps migrants navigate in a new reality in Poland. SIP works to improve their integration, as well as access to medical, social and housing assistance in Poland
  • SIP conducts research, carries out watchdog activities and prepares expert opinions in the sphere of migration
  • SIP actively participates in conferences in Poland and abroad, as well as in meetings of international organisations monitoring the observance of human rights in Poland, notifying them of main threats to the rights of migrants in Poland. 

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