Bulgaria Pro Bono Directory

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available. Various is a category that does not account for the refugee's origin. These statistics, which are for 2011, are the latest available, are provisional and are subject to change.

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Bulgaria. According to UNHCR statistics for 2011, 5,688 refugees and individuals in refugee-like situations were resident in Bulgaria.

Balgarski advokati za pravata na coveka - Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation (BLHR)

www.blhr.org / In English
Gurko Street 49А floor 3, Sofia 1000
Tel: +35 99 80 39 67
Tel/Fax: +35 99 86 66 23

Provides legal assistance and strategic litigation related to specific, repeated violations of human rights as Bulgarian and international courts and revealing inconsistency of the Bulgarian legislation and case law with international standards.

Bulgarian Red Cross, Refugee and Migrant Services

www.redcross.bg / In English
Contact information for different offices can be found on their website / In English
E-mail: secretariatatredcross [dot] bg

The Bulgarian Red Cross provides advice to receive protection and those seeking asylum on their rights and responsibilities, social orientation, placement, orientation in institutions, medical examinations and grugi. Every weekday, from 13.30 to 16.30.

The Bulgarian Red Cross also assists refugees by providing financial assistance, support for education of children (e.g. funds for lunch and school supplies), university fees, medical and psychiatric care.

Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

www.bghelsinki.org / In English
Refugees and Migrants Legal Protection Programme, 1 Uzundjovska Street, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel/Fax: +35 92 98 80 057, +35 92 98 13 318
Email: refunitatbghelsinki [dot] org

The programme offers legal consultations, representation and attorney defense to approximately 5,000 people annually; takes part in the development of the refugee and immigration policy of Bulgaria; and assists the integration of refugees in Bulgaria, as well as for their dignified return to their countries of origin.

The programme offers free specialised legal consultations. The programme staff are engaged in: representation in refugee status determination proceedings, professional and independent legal defence, defence before the courts and other state institutions, assistance for successful integration, assistance for voluntary repatriation.

5 Б Triaditsa Str., floor 2, office 226, Sofia
Tel/Fax: +35 92 98 10 779
Mobile: +35 98 94 76 01 80
Email: daskalova [dot] dianaatgmail [dot] com
Reception hours: Every Thursday, 10:00-12:00

“Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria” (CLA) is an independent, non-profit organisation founded in the public interest and focused on promoting the rights of migrants and refugees on the territory of Bulgaria, as well as other vulnerable groups of people, through legal aid and policy advocacy. Committed to the belief that all people deserve justice, effective representation, and the realisation of their rights, the aim of CLA is to be a voice in society for all who have no voice, promoting justice and truth, with mercy and compassion.

The CLA advocates for the rights of migrants, promotes progressive legislative reform, and raises public awareness about issues of immigration and integration in Bulgaria.  Our vision is to achieve the legal and social recognition and protection of the fundamental human rights of some of the most vulnerable people in Bulgaria.

15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1504 Sofia
Email: lcribgatgmail [dot] com

The Legal Clinic for Refugees and Immigrants at the Law Faculty of Sofia University “Saint Kliment Ohridski” is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that combines education in refugee and migration law and free legal aid to asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in Bulgaria. The Legal Clinic holds weekly drop-in sessions for refugees and immigrants to seek legal assistance or a better understanding of their circumstances and rights under law. Clinic members also provide legal counselling and assistance to detained refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants at the Busmanci Detention Center through weekly visits.

Free assistance is provided for:

1)  Administrative procedures before the state bodies: In accordance with Art. 56 of the Bulgarian Constitution, “every citizen has the right to defence, when his rights and legal interests have been infringed or threatened. Before the state organs he might appear with a defender.” Their activities centre around the administrative procedures stipulated in the Law on Asylum and Refugees and in the Law on Aliens, as well as other legal motions under the Bulgarian legislation;

2) Judicial procedures: Clinic members write appeals and other documents, check information with the court secretariat, and prepare written court defences.