We strengthen the provision of free, high quality legal aid for displaced people around the world, tailored to needs and furthering rights


AMERA International strengthens the provision of legal aid for refugees globally. We do this by supporting refugees in their search for solutions by assisting and encouraging organisations globally to offer high quality free-of-charge legal advice and representation. AMERA International’s current focus is on strengthening knowledge, capacity, and practices among legal aid providers, lawyers, refugee-led and community-based organisations, and NGOs working with refugees.

  • Through its Rights in Exile Programme, AMERA connects individuals, organizations and experts on legal issues relating to asylum determination, durable solutions, family reunification, and other matters relating to the enjoyment of fundamental rights of people who are forcibly displaced.
  • Advancing information sharing, networks, and training among lawyers and paralegals in matters relating to forced migration and law affecting refugees in the Global South.
  • Improving access to asylum processes and outcomes for refugees, through implementing AMERA’s therapeutic legal assistance model: developing structures among organisations to provide legal representation, therapeutic case management, and specialised mental health interventions to support legal processes, including the provision of medico-legal reports.
  • Participating in networks, conducting advocacy, and supporting policy development relating to legal structures for refugees.

For more information on AMERA International’s current programmes and projects, see What We Do.




Our latest news

Farewell to our administrator, Sarah

Our administrator Sarah Holmes has now left AMERA International for pastures new. All the trustees and staff wish her well for the future and thank her for all that she has done in the five years she has been with AMERA. Sarah said: “I have had an amazing time with AMERA – starting…

AMERA and StARS partner to deliver mental health in legal processes training 

AMERA International has launched a new training programme in conjunction with St. Andrew's Refugee Services (StARS) to develop training curriculum and resources for legal advisors and mental health practitioners.  The aim is to strengthen the use of mental health assessments and reports to facilitate quality legal representation and fair refugee status determination (RSD)...

Self-Help Kits

If you are a refugee who is applying for asylum through UNHCR, here are Self Help Kits to aid you in the process of writing your statement for your Refugee Status Determination Interview. The kits are available in Arabic , English , French , and Spanish . General information for asylum-seeking claims Video...


Donations – both large and small – will help us continue to support pro bono refugee legal aid projects worldwide and expand our support for other NGOs and law firms representing refugees