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About AMERA International

AMERA  International, formerly AMERA UK has been in existence since January 2003 (Charity No. 1098788).

We support the provision of pro bono legal aid for refugees in countries where such services are non-existent or limited, and where legal representation might assist them in actualizing their rights.

As AMERA International, we are now developing the focus of our work to issues that continue to support the provision of legal assistance to refugees globally in close cooperation with the information portal for lawyers, founded by Barbara Harrell-Bond.

Since its beginning, AMERA UK concentrated on raising funds for the Refugee Law Project, a department of the Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

AMERA Egypt, which became the exemplary refugee legal aid organization in Cairo, Egypt, was able to work closely with the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Department at the American University in Cairo (AUC) that offers an Master’s degree in refugee studies and annually provides an intensive course in refugee law.

AMERA Egypt ceased operating in Egypt in 2013 and the provision of legal assistance work is now being done at the offices of the Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rightsand at StARS, St. Andrews Church. The Refugee Law Project – now independent from AMERA UK funding – has expanded greatly, having offices adjacent to some camps as well as in Kampala.

Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC MEMBER).

AMERA International is a member of the International Council for Voluntary Agnecies (ICVA) in Geneva.
It is also a member of the  Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF) and is represented on the  EUROMED RIGHTS (Working Group for Migrants and Refugees), and is a a founding member of  The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network .