Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Jordan.
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.
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
Urban Justice Center, 40 Rector St, 9th Fl, New York, NY 10006
Email: inforefugeerights [dot] org (inforefugeerights [dot] org)Contact Person: Hady Matar, Jordan Legal Services Co-ordinator
IRAP’s Jordan and Lebanon Offices provide direct legal assistance to refugees of all nationalities in need of protection and resettlement. Attorneys and caseworkers in Jordan and Lebanon help clients navigate the complex legal processes of UNHCR and resettlement host countries worldwide in order to reach safety through both traditional and complementary pathways, including UNHCR resettlement, direct access to the US Refugee Admissions Program, humanitarian visas, and family reunification.
IRAP is a legal aid organisation and cannot provide financial assistance or other benefits. They do not make any decisions concerning resettlement and they are completely independent from UNHCR and national governments. Any information sent to IRAP is highly confidential, and all services are free of any charge. IRAP provides free legal services to refugees seeking refugee protection and resettlement. Here are a few types of assistance that IRAP provides:
- Refugees in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. They can help individuals gather documents and present their refugee claim prior to IOM or USCIS interviews. If they are denied, IRAP can review to see if they can assist with a Request for Review, including written counseling for individuals with security-related reasons ("Other") denials;
- Iraqis with U.S. employment or U.S. family affiliations. They help Iraqis apply to the Direct Access Program (DAP) administered by IOM. Their volunteers help locate employment verification. Additionally, they can coordinate with US relatives of Iraqis who may be able to file family-based immigration petitions for DAP;
- Afghans or Iraqis with U.S. employment applying for Special Immigrant Visa programs. They assist Afghans and Iraqis with all stages of the SIV process, including locating former US supervisors and preparing application documents; and
- UNHCR Assistance. They can assist very vulnerable people in requests for recognition as refugees, including appealing rejections from UNHCR refugee recognition. For exceptionally vulnerable cases, and in cooperation with local UNHCR offices, they can refer a case to UNHCR to request protection services. The decision regarding any follow-up ultimately rests with UNHCR.
To contact them, send an email with your full name, telephone number, email address and a brief description of your need for legal services in English or Arabic to inforefugeerights [dot] org. They are not able to assist everyone who contacts them, and emailing them does not create an attorney-client relationship.
Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) - Legal Aid
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Jabal Amman – 3rd Circle – Khalil Mardam ST – bldg. 8 – 1st Floor
PO Box 930560, Amman 11193
Emergency Line: +962 (0)7 77 38 72 21
Tel: +962 64 61 72 77
Fax: +962 64 61 72 78
Email: consultardd-legalaid [dot] org
Contact person(s): Samar Muhareb, ARDD Legal Aid Team Director; Hani Okasheh, ARDD Refugees & Migration Unit
Email: smuharebardd-legalaid [dot] org, hokashehardd-legalaid [dot] org
ARDD-Legal Aid is a Jordanian NGO that is based in Amman and is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights through litigation and advocacy. We provide free legal empowerment and assistance to Jordanians and non-Jordanians alike, with a special focus on particularly vulnerable groups, including refugees, women, and minority group members. Our services include consultation, mediation, and legal representation. We do not exclude anyone but embrace diversity and respond to the needs of people regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, social status or political belief. The "Emergency Line" is available 24/7. It is a normal mobile line, answered by the case manger during the day and the program manger during the night. Consultation will be provided immediately, but if there is a need for lawyer technical support the person will be called back by a lawyer or scheduled for an appointment to visit the lawyer in the offices. ARDD-Legal Aid has 8 offices in Jordan and 2 in the refugee camps of Zaatari and Al Azraq.
Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Raid Building, Al-Bat-haa' Street, Naifa District, North Hashmi, P.O. Box 231076 Amman - 11123 Jordan
Tel: +962 65 06 07 78
Fax: +962 65 06 10 60
Email: cvtcvt [dot] org
The CVT Jordan program opened in 2008 to provide mental health and social services to Iraqi torture survivors living in and around Amman.
Psychotherapeutic services are provided by professional clinical staff as well as the trained, supervised Jordanian staff, both in individual and group sessions. CVT also conducts home visits to support and educate family members.
Services are provided in a culturally-sensitive manner. CVT provides these services to clients of all ages, with the focus and duration of services depending on the needs of the individual. Follow-up assessments are conducted to monitor each client’s progress, such as changes in symptoms, social support and daily functioning. Learn more about the program here.
The Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA)
37 Al-Lud Street., Jabal Al-Hussein P.O.Box: 841083, Amman 11184 Jordan
Tel: +962 6 462 4009 / +962 6 465 6534; Fax: +962 6 462 5009
Email: infojcla-org [dot] com
Established in 2008, the Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA) is a Jordanian not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation. JCLA strives to develop a national sustainable legal aid model tailored to local needs. JCLA is committed to empowering and enabling all poor and vulnerable people in Jordan with a view to realise a society where everyone has equal access to the justice system.
JCLA indiscriminately provides poor and vulnerable people with legal awarenessprograms; legal consultations, alternative dispute resolution and representation servicesin the areas of civil, criminal and family (including Sharia) law; as well as advocating for reform to the justice system.
Since 2008 JCLA has grown from one legal aid clinic in Amman to become the largest legal aid provider in Jordan, providing legal aid services at 24 clinics located across all 12 governorates. Each month, JCLA assists approximately 375 beneficiaries through legal consultations, provides legal representation to approximately 150 beneficiaries across 200 cases, and reaches approximately 3600 vulnerable people through its awareness sessions.
Mizan for Law
www.mizangroup.jo/ / in English
Abu Baker Complex, 2nd Floor, Al-Razi Street, Jabal Al-Hussain, Amman
PO Box 928357, Amman 11190
Tel Helpline: +962 65 69 88 77
Tel: +962 65 69 06 91
Fax: +962 65 69 06 81
Email: mizannets [dot] jo
Mizan for Law (MIZAN) was established as a non-profit company on August 5th 1998, by a team of advocates for the purpose of enhancing human rights in Jordan. Mizan also seeks to reinforce and spread democracy, develop legislations, increase awareness of laws and human rights, and participate in the international and Arab efforts to set principles and values of ensuring the universality of human rights.
Mizan engages in human rights education, awareness campaigns, and undertakes strategic litigation functions including referring cases to the Noor Network, network of lawyers established by Mizan, to represent vulnerable individuals and victims of human rights violations. Mizan focuses on providing assistance to lawyers that represent juveniles, women at risk or victims of discrimination and violations, labourers, refugees, asylum seekers and victims of torture. Mizan assists lawyers that provide a range of free legal services, including providing legal advice, interfacing with government agencies on behalf of its clients, and assisting lawyers that represent its clients in court. Mizan also strives to build the capacity of lawyers, law practitioners, government officials and others for issues related to human rights.