Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Egypt Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Egypt. 

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.

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38, July 26th Street, Downtown, Cairo 
Tel: +20 (0)225759451
Email: infoatstars-egypt [dot] org
Contact(s): Ibrahim Abousenna (Legal Director: iabousennaatstars-egypt [dot] org), Christopher Eades (Executive Director: ceadesatstars-egypt [dot] org
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 8:00-17:00

St Andrew's Refugee Services provides assistance to refugees from 32 different countries. Services are delivered to refugees based on need and without discrimination. The refugees themselves are involved in the administration and staffing of the program whenever possible.

Provides information, counselling, referral, representation, and advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees in Egypt.  Our legal team works to help individuals and communities understand their rights and responsibilities within the law, to identify and assist refugees with serious and urgent needs, and to support refugees through UNHCR processes including refugee status determination, protection, and resettlement.

Al Nadeem Center for the Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence

3a St. Suleiman al-Halabi off Ramsis Street, Cairo, Egypt
Email: infoatalnadeem [dot] org
Email: nadeematlink [dot] net
Tel.: +20 2578 7089 or +20 2576 4409
Fax: +20 2277 6792
Hotline - Torture Rehab Programme: 010 0055 2793
Hotline - Women's Support Programme: 010 0666 2404

Al Nadeem Center for the Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence is an Egyptian NGO dedicated to combating torture and providing support for its victims  by offering treatment and rehabilitation to torture survivors. The Center also provides medical statements and testimony for survivors taking cases before various bodies. In collaboration with other organizations concerned with eliminating the practice of torture to mobilize to address the factors underlying the practice of torture.

In addition, the Center has a program which specifically addresses violence against women through providing counselling with two 24 hour hotlines.

With regard to refugees, not only are the Center's services available to refugees who have been victims of torture, but the Center has also participated in training for UNHCR staff. 

Arab Council Supporting Fair Trial and Human Rights (ACSFT)

160 El Moataz Tower, Cornish El Nile st. , Cairo
Tel: +20 37 60 67 01
Fax: +20 37 60 67 04
Hotline: 01 22 79 44 11
Email: acfhr [dot] gwadatgmail [dot] com
Contact person: Abd El-Gawad Ahmed, Chairman
Email: acsft_abdelgwadathotmail [dot] com
Mobile: 20 20 10 22 79 44 11 or 20 20 10 19 40 40 99

The Arab Council for Supporting Fair Trials (ACSFT) was established in 2006 as an NGO to defend human rights and freedoms in Egypt and other Arab countries. The Arab Council is a main partner with the UNHCR concerning the protection and legal aid for refugees.  It is in cooperation and coordination with the IOM to help immigrants. ACSFT aims to support the Human rights of the refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants in Egypt, and support a fair and just trial according to national and international standards. ACSFT's current scope of work is in Cairo, Giza and 6th of October city, and is hoping to expand into Arish, Marsa Matrouh and Assouan. ACSFT works with a large network of specialized lawyers, researchers and translators who are involved in fieldwork.

Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights 


Cairo Office:
7 Mohamed Mahmud St, First Floor, Apartment 9, (Beside AUC library) Down Town, Cairo
Tel: +20 (0) 2 279 22689

Alexandria Office:
Bulding number 22, First floor, Moharem Bek, Alexandria
Tel: +20 (0) 1011722876 

Contact persons: Mr Badawy 010 98 89 55 88, Mr Bayoumi (Cairo) 010 98 89 55 89
Email:  infoatefrr-egypt [dot] org ( infoatefrr-egypt [dot] org )

The Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights (EFRR) is a non-governmental organization since mid-2008. The EFRR currently provides legal assistance to refugees and migrants who are in detention and who find themselves the victims of crime (both from private individuals and public officials).

EFFR's Access to justice team provides legal representation to refugees who are in detention and/or facing refoulement, refugees who are victims of crime, including by state agents, and refugees who have been wrongfully accused of committing crimes. This includes full representation before courts, prosecution offices, police stations and different Egyptian authorities. In addition, the Access to justice team will provide representation to refugees needing to issue changes in civil status (birth, marriage, divorce, and death), which impacts significantly a refugee’s ability to access services and enjoy his rights. 
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) team’s main purpose is to protect and respond to victims of violence who have been attacked based on their gender and/or sexually as well as preventing refugee communities from being subjected to SGBV. The team works with asylum seekers and refugees of all nationalities and genders without a focus on age difference; including minors.
The SGBV team provides the following services:
  • Full case management cases for SGBV survivors in accordance with client needs through in-depth, therapeutic interviews based on a developed model of intervention; 
  • Counselling individuals, groups, or families who are victims of SGBV in order to develop a realistic action plan that suits the survivor;
  • Developing treatment and rehabilitation strategies in accordance with clients interests, abilities, and needs;
  • Planning and holding support groups and workshops in response to refugee needs;
  • Advocating for clients with partner organizations and service providers;
  • Accompanying clients to services when appropriate/needed;
  • Assisting in the development of new SGBV initiatives according to SGBV survivor needs;
  • Holding regular follow-up meetings with clients to support and ensure access to available services and rehabilitation.
AMERA-Egypt has now ceased operating as AMERA-Egypt, having merged with the Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights. The Board of Trustees of AMERA UK would like to express its appreciation and gratitude to the hundreds of persons, both Egyptian and 'expatriates' who endeavoured to provide legal assistance and other services to refugees since its beginnings in 2000. 

Naath Community Development Centre

Address: 126 Ahmed Zaky Street Hadayek El Maadi, Cairo
Email: naathunityatyahoo [dot] com or bpyarkhor121atyahoo [dot] com
Tel: +20 10 01 55 34 06

The Naath Community Development is a non-profit organization that assists Sudanese and other refugees living in Cairo. The organization is focused on capacity building within the community and is working towards a self-sustainable model.  Naath helps refugee communities in Cairo through providing somewhere to stay, preschool and adult education, and employment training services. Naath also assists newcomers in approaching the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office in Cairo in order to register.

New Generation Foundation for Human Rights

www.ngf-humanrights.org ; www.ngf-humanrights.org/index.html

Facebook : Hamdy Al-azazy 
Address: Kastorpfaffenstr. 3, 56068, Koblenz, Germany 
Tel: + 49 174 976 4390   
Email:  ngf [dot] hr_egatyahoo [dot] com  
Skype: hamdy.alazazy 

Established by Hamdy Al-Azazy, New Generation Foundation for Human Rights is an organization that has helped African refugees everywhere in the world generally, and in prisons and hospitals in the Sinai, Egypt where few others could go. Assistance includes visiting refugees prisoners; providing food, clothing, medication and other items; recording names, ages and nationalities of prisoners; assisting with arrangements for medical treatment, travel documentation, burial requirements at Arish morgue; photo documentation of abuse of refugees by extortionists; encouraging local Bedouins to oppose hostage-taking, torture and abuse by renegade groups; participating in human rights conferences in Cairo and many other countries. NGFHR had also facilitated interviews and tours to increase media awareness. Mr Hamdy Al-Azazy has been working hard for the last 10 years to stop human trafficking in Africa, and now completes his work from Germany. He received international protection when he faced danger from the traffickers and mafia in North Africa.

Psychological Health Awareness Society in Egypt (PHASE)

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41 Corniche el-Nil, Al Asil building, 4th floor
Tel: 01 01 002 590
Contact: Heba Habib
Email: heba_habibathotmail [dot] com

PHASE is an NGO based in Cairo that runs the Help Ease Related Trauma (HEART) programme which provides psychological services for people who have been victims of trauma. They can provide professional psychological services for refugees and others who have suffered torture or other traumatic experiences.

Save the Children Egypt

Cairo Office
46, Road 200.
Degla Maadi- Cairo, Egypt.
Tel +2 02 25175934/5/6   or +2 02 27546203/4/7/9
Call Center: +2-27689721
Fax: +2 02 2517 5932
Assiut Office
74 Mecca El Mukarrama Street of el Gomhoreya st.
Assiut, Egypt
Tel +2 08 8228 6863/4/5
Mobile +2 010 000 28951 

Save the Children has been operating in Egypt since 1982 and implements programs throughout the country, including Cairo. Our mandate directly addresses the needs and rights of children, their families and communities, guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Supporting both communities’ and the government’s development priorities, Save the Children’s programming in Egypt follows a “life-cycle approach”, addressing the needs of specific age groups in a holistic way. We combine health, protection, and education interventions for infants and young children 0-4 years old, for school-aged children 6-12, for in- and out-of-school adolescents 12-18. With youth and families, the organisation works to increase employability skills, and link better prepared young people to safe jobs, thus increasing household income and reducing poverty. Save the Children’s programs target the vulnerable and marginalized - such as illiterate girls, street children, and low-income mothers while building the capacity of partners to improve the conditions of children in need, and ensure they achieve their rights. 

Tadamon: The Egyptian Refugee Multicultural Council

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1 Abou Bakr Khairat, 5th Floor, Flat 17, off Al-Kadi Al-Fadel, (in Boursa, Downtown Cairo), Cairo, 11121, Egypt
Tel/Fax: +20 2 2392 8681
Email: infoattadamoncouncil [dot] org
Email: fatimaattadamoncouncil [dot] org

Tadamon is an independent, non-political network of civil society organisations working to promote the welfare of refugees and their mutual co-existence with Egyptians through networking and coordination of cooperative efforts. Tadamon was first launched in December 2006. We welcome all individuals, organisations and initiatives that aim to make a positive difference in the lives of refugees and Egyptians living together across Egypt. Although Tadamon does not help refugees with legal aid, it can help refer people to different service agencies, including those that provide legal aid.

To reach the director in Arabic or English, email fatimaattadamoncouncil [dot] org.