Protecting the rights of refugees in Turkey by engaging with and building capacity of advocates in the region.
Turkey hosts over 200K asylum-seekers from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia, as well as over 2 million displaced Syrians, making it the largest refugee host country in the world.
While the government of Turkey has spent billions of dollars to respond to this crisis, the international community has also contributed by providing critical assistance to refugees who live in urban settings (only about 250,000 refugees live in camps in Turkey). RSN focuses on areas of the international humanitarian response that are often overlooked or ignored.
RSN mobilizes financial and human resources to increase capacity of the legal field in Turkey to respond to growing refugee needs. In partnership with leading local NGO Refugee Rights Turkey, RSN supports the provision of direct legal services to refugees as well as training opportunities for lawyers. RSN administers a fellowship program for qualified Americans to assist in such efforts, and is working to institute pro bono partnerships that link the private Turkish bar with non-profit service providers. Channeling these experiences from the field, RSN raises awareness of American audiences to understand the importance of Turkey in global migration, and carries out research and advocacy in global forums to increase protection and opportunities for refugees in Turkey and around the world.
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