In 2002, a yearlong project at Tel Aviv University's Public Interest Law Resource Center developed the country's first legal aid advocacy program devoted solely to refugees. In October 2003, this pilot project became the Refugee Rights Clinic, with 20 law students enrolled each year.
In October 2003, the Clinic produced (in conjunction with Physicians for Human Rights) the first thorough assessment of the new Israeli asylum system, with proposals for improvements. Click here for the full text of our report and position paper "Israel – A Safe Haven?"
In the Refugee Rights Clinic, we employ three inter-related strategies in our work to ensure that Israel is a safe haven for victims of persecution:
· We provide free legal aid to refugees and asylum-seekers regardless of nationality.
· We promote legal and policy reform through research and advocacy.
· We teach refugee law to a new generation of Israeli lawyers.
In 2008 the Clinic was awarded the Emil Greenzwieg Award presented every year by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel to an individual or to an organization that made a unique contribution to the promotion of human rights in Israel.
The clinic is taught by Dr. Yuval Livnat, attorney Anat Ben-Dor and attorney Elad Cahana.
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