Ongoing projects

“Protecting migrants with precarious status: decreasing the use of detention and applying community-based alternatives”

26.04.2018

Funded by: Network of European Foundations through the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM)

Project name: “Protecting migrants with precarious status: decreasing the use of detention and applying community-based alternatives”

Conducted from: January 2017 to December 2018

Funded by: Network of European Foundations through the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) (logo)

Leading organization: Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria (CLA)

Partner(s): Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights (BLHR)

Goal: Through focused advocacy, communications, providing legal aid and information sessions to detainees, and working with individual migrants on a holistic case management principle, to lead to the limiting of migrant detention in Bulgaria only to the objectively necessary, proportional and mandated by law minimum, used as a last resort; to have it discontinued altogether for certain groups of migrants, particularly vulnerable ones; and to prevent it in certain cases by supporting persons without legal status, or at risk of losing legal status, to achieve successful case resolution in a community placement setting so that they are not subjected to detention or precarious living.

Activities:

  • Advocacy: advocate before the Bulgarian legislature and executive government on four specific goals: 1) to limit pre-removal detention and end it altogether for vulnerable groups and children; 2) asylum seekers to be placed in closed-type facilities in accordance for the legal grounds, proportionally and for the minimum required period; 3) “short-term” initial immigration detention to be applied in accordance with the principles of necessity and proportionality, and not applied to children and asylum seekers; 4) to start a public and policy discussion on adopting a regularization mechanism for migrants in Bulgaria who do not have regular status.

  • Legal Aid: legal consultations in detention centres and litigation before national courts

  • Communications: Collect and publish information related to the detention of migrants in Bulgaria, including statistics, analyses, legislative developments, human interest stories, investigative journalism reports; conduct public debates and community outreach sessions on the topic.

  • Case Management: work in a holistic and individualized manner with 50-60 migrants in precarious situation, in view of achieving case resolution in a community setting while avoiding detention