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Migration Rights Network

Memorial Human Rights Center

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2005
  • Location Moscow, Russia
  • Geographic Focus Russia, Russia

About this grant

The goal of the Migration Rights Network, a program of the Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Center, is to improve the status of refugees and forced migrants in the Russian Federation.The program assists forced migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and labor migrants through a network of 54 legal assistance centers throughout Russia.Multiyear funding will enable the network to provide free legal counseling to migrants and refugees; develop new forms of legal assistance; offer free legal representation in Russian courts where warranted; address ongoing ethnic discrimination; monitor human rights laws and practices related to migrants and refugees; conduct a series of seminars for network lawyers, other legal counsel and judges; and publish and disseminate research and studies related to migrant rights.Recent accomplishments included conducting more than 17,000 consultations; participating in 800 court cases, including 27 brought to the European Court for Human Rights; organizing triannual teaching seminars on current migration law problems; and publishing more than 20 books and reports on migration issues.