In a context of asymmetry of information, ever-changing regulations and a system that treats asylum seekers as beneficiaries, rather than as individuals with agency and decision-making power over their futures, a traditional approach to legal aid is not enough.
Fenix provides asylum seekers and refugees on Lesvos with a holistic service that includes legal aid and representation, as well as protection and case management, and mental health support. We operate with the aim of empowering the refugee communities and removing the barriers that prevent them from having real and effective access to the right to seek asylum.
We provide a unique service that includes the interdisciplinary collaboration of lawyers, psychologists and protection officers in one case to address the legal, medical, mental health, material and social needs of our clients in a holistic way, focused on dignity, empowerment and accessing rights.
We use field based information to put rights violations on the agenda of relevant stakeholders, including Greek and European law and policy makers and civil society. We pursue impact litigation before Greek and European Courts and legal interventions to Greek, European and International complaint mechanisms.
We engage with the NGO and refugee community to facilitate increased service provision, collaboration, and understanding of the needs of the population we support.