Belarus Pro Bono Directory
On this page, you will find information on migration and asylum in Belarus, a list of organisations providing legal aid in Belarus, as well a list of other organisations working on refugee issues and rights. To find organisations working for LGBTQI+ rights, visit our Belarus LGBTQI+ Resources page. For Belarus country of information (COI) experts, reports, commentaries and relevant documents, visit our Belarus COI page.
Legal aid organisations
An informal Polish network of NGOs, activists, lawyers, doctors, psychologists and inhabitants of the area of the Polish-Belarusian border, established as a response to the humanitarian refugee crisis in the region. It offers on-the-ground, material support for the people at the border, coordinates a Poland-wide response to the crisis and any new developments. The group also includes documentation, investigation and legal teams.
Olshevskogo Street, 74, Minsk
Tel: +375172285964, +375447533572, +375336352166
Contact person: Natallia Karkanitsa, Legal Coordinator
Contact person: Tatsiana Shcharbetka, Protection Monitoring Coordinator.
The Refugee Counselling Service is a joint project of the UNHCR and the public association “The Belarusian Movement of Medical Workers” and assists refugees in Belarus by providing legal aid services.
Other organisations working on refugee issues
Over the years, IOM Belarus has been implementing projects in the following spheres: combating human trafficking; labour migration; integrated border management; cross-border cooperation; migration and health; crisis response. In recent years, with an increasing number of vulnerable migrants and refugees in Belarus, IOM has intensified its crisis response activities, including the provision of direct assistance to beneficiaries, including: food and non-food items; accommodation; transportation; psychosocial support and psychological assistance; medical assistance; facilitation of employment; provision of vocational trainings; voluntary return to the country of origin.
Besides the main IOM office in Minsk, field work is carried out by IOM project sites in Gomel, Mogilev, Vitebsk and Brest to ensure comprehensive and prompt assistance.
Belarusian Red Cross (BRC) provides asylum-seekers, people granted protection in Belarus humanitarian assistance (food and hygienic kits, if available in stock – secondhand clothing and footwear for children and adults), counselling on and facilitation of integration, referral to relevant state authorities for targeted assistance in accordance with their competence. BRC can also assist you to look for any missing family members.
We are always looking to expand the resources on our platform. If you know about relevant resources, or you are aware of organisations and individuals to include in our directories, please get in touch.
Last updated January 2023