Pledging Legal Support

Many of the world’s refugees struggle to rebuild their lives and will never truly find safety until and unless a solution can be found for each refugee family that gives them legal status and security. The global legal community, through high quality pro bono work, is critical to operationalizing protection and finding solutions for refugees.

In support of the first-ever UN Global Refugee Forum in 2019, PILnet worked together with other partners to solicit pledges from the global legal community — including law firms, bar associations, corporations, and civil society — to use their resources and skills to protect and find solutions for those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. To follow-up on these pledges, PILnet will establish a global coordination mechanism to create partnerships between the legal sector and NGOs with the overall goal to efficiently increase the number of refugees who have access to high-quality legal support by enhancing existing legal provisions with pro bono services. 

Over 30 law firms, bar associations, and corporations committed 125,000 pro bono hours each year to support refugees’ access to asylum and other legal protections with dozens of legal and community empowerment organizations

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