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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, 2006–December 31, 2008
  • Location Moscow, Russia
  • Geographic Focus Russia, Russia

About this grant

This grant will enable the Memorial Human Rights Center to continue assisting refugees and forced migrants, many of whom have been displaced by the war in Chechnya, through its network of 58 legal assistance centers throughout Russia. The center also will work with federal and regional government structures to address refugee and migrant issues; conduct teaching seminars on migration law; and publish seminar proceedings, manuals and reports on migration in Russia.In 1996, the center established the Migration Rights Network to address the growing human rights needs of Russia’s migrant populations. Currently, there are 58 centers in the 45 regions of Russia where 80 percent of all migrants are located. Since its inception, network staff and lawyers have given more than 100,000 consultations to migrants on asserting and protecting their rights. Also, over the past ten years, the center has organized 19 teaching seminars on migration law problems. The center was established in 1993 to protect human rights and promote civic participation in Russia.