Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Kenya Pro Bono Directory

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

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.

Heshima Kenya

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Kenya Operations Office:
PO Box 63192-00619, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 73 39 12 888
Email: infoatheshimakenya [dot] org
US Administration Office:
PO Box 408077, Chicago, Illinois 60640, USA
Tel: +1 (312) 71 44 038
Email: infoatheshimakenya [dot] org
Contact person: Alisa Roadcup, Executive Director

Heshima Kenya is an international NGO devoted to identifying, protecting and empowering unaccompanied refugee children and youth living in Nairobi, Kenya. The needs, experiences, emotional well-being and potential of adolescent girls are at the heart of Heshima Kenya and are the focus of our specialized education, shelter and advocacy programming. This is because unaccompanied refugee girls between 13 to 19 years of age, especially in urban areas such as Nairobi, are at particular risk of neglect, exploitation and abuse. Heshima Kenya fosters self-sufficiency and integration, promotes healing and peace, and empowers these minors to take ownership of their own future and that of the community.

HIAS in Kenya

HIAS has been providing services to refugees in Kenya for more than 12 years. We currently have more than 90 staff members at five sites in Nairobi. The range of services includes legal support, psychosocial care and vocational training.
Registered Address: 1300 Spring Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-844-7300
Main office location in Nairobi: Hurlingham
Contact person: Lucy Kiama
Refugees and Asylum Seekers cannot contact HIAS Kenya directly. If you are an organisation working with refugees, you have to refer them to HIAS. 

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Kenya

Argwings Kodhek Road /  P.O. Box 62727-00200 Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 27 19 236 or +254 20 27 19 237

As well as providing humanitarian aid to refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp and engaging in advocacy for refugees’ rights, IRC in Nairobi helps refugee women’s groups to access legal advice, education and small business grants.

Jesuit Refugee Service Kenya

Gitanga Road, behind Maria Immaculata Hospital, P.O. Box 76490, Nairobi 00508, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 38 74 136
Email: kenyaatjrs [dot] net

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS seeks to provides education, psychosocial support, pastoral care, peace-education, livelihoods services and emergency relief and is involved in human rights protection and advocacy activities on different levels. In Nairobi, JRS assists new arrivals, asylum seekers and most vulnerable refugees by providing food and non-food items, financial and medical assistance and psycho-social support. JRS grants small loans to urban refugees to enable them become self-reliant and earn their own living. The JRS Mikono Shop helps refugees market and sell their products. JRS provides support for pre-school and secondary level education for refugee children as well.

In Kakuma refugee camp, JRS provides psycho-social and educational support. JRS focuses on counselling and mental health care, training and empowering community counsellors, alternative healers and mental health workers from among the refugees.JRS supports tertiary education for students registered in distance learning programmes, and offers educational scholarships for children with disabilities, and those students who are well-performing.

Kituo Cha Sheria

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Urban Refugee Intervention Centre (URIP), Eastleigh Section, 26th Street, AMCO Plaza/Complex, 3rd Floor
Tel: +254 20 24 51 63 07 36 or 86 72 41 07 20 or 80 65 31


Ole Odume Rd, Off Argwings Kodhek Rd. / P.O. Box 7483, 00300 Ronald Ngala, Nairobi
Tel: +254 02 03 87 62 90 or 38 74 220 or 38 74 191
Fax: +254 02 03 87 62 93


Fidelity House, Kaunda Avenue – Kizingo / P.O. Box 89065 Mombasa
Tel: +254 04 12 23 03 82
Fax: +254 04 12 23 02 83
Email: msaatkituochasheria [dot] or [dot] ke

Kituo Cha Sheria is a national NGO working to protect the rights of forced migrants in Kenya. Kituo specialises in the representation of the poor and marginalised in cases related to private rights, civil disputes and specifically those related to land, labour and housing both individual and group clients. Public Interest Litigation (PIL) is strongly taking shape as a tool for sustainability of the KITUO legal services and constitutes a strategic focus area for KITUO. The programme focuses on policy advocacy and law reform in the areas of: land, housing and labour rights, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)/mediation and other areas such as refugees/asylum claims.

The Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK)

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Haki House, 32 Ndemi Road off Muringa Road, Kilimani, Nairobi
Tel: +254 020 20 88 060 or +254 020 20 88 067 or +254 020 26 79 351
Fax: +254 020 20 88 054
Mobile: +254 73 38 60 669 or +254 72 09 43 164
Email: infoatrckkenya [dot] org or refconatrckkenya [dot] org
Contact persons: Eunice Ndonga-Githinji: Euniceatrckkenya [dot] org, Leila Murithia Simiyu: Leilaatrckkenya [dot] org

The Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK) is a national non-governmental organization created in 1998. RCK's mission is to promote and protect the rights and dignity of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs in Kenya. The organization provides legal aid services to refugees, engages in advocacy for policy change and development of legislation in line with international instruments and standards on management of refugees and other forced migrants, and through research and information dissemination for awareness-raising on the plight and rights of refugees in Kenya and the East African region. RCK also provides psychosocial support and counselling to traumatised asylum seekers and refugees. RCK offers assistance in four geographical areas: Nairobi, Kakuma refugee camp, Dadaab refugee camp and Garissa town. 


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Titan Complex, Chaka Road, Hurlingham, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 27 27 040
Email: infoatrefugepoint [dot] org

RefugePoint's urban refugee assistance program provides holistic case management services to Nairobi's most vulnerable refugees. Services include emergency food assistance, safe shelter and rent support, and psychosocial counseling and therapy. Please note that at this time RefugePoint is not taking any walk-in clients.

Xavier Project

Xavier Olympic Estate, Nairobi, 00200, PO Box 61716
Tel.: +254706454718
Email: infoatxavierproject [dot] org

Xavier Project works with refugees living in urban areas in Kenya and Uganda. Xavier Projects activities include: a primary and secondary school sponsorship programme, an English Course for refugee children, a mobile library that visits primary schools, a women's empowerment programme, monthly newsletters produced by refugees, Tamuka hubs which provide social media training and free computer and internet access, and livelihoods programmes which support refugees with economic activities.


Cherish Others Organisation Kenya

Ndemi Road/Kilmani Road Junction, P.O Box 34007 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.: (+254) 20 250 0279 or  (+254) 722 520 062
Email: cherishothersorgatyahoo [dot] cominfoatcherishotherskenya [dot] org

Cherish Others Organisation Kenya is an NGO based in TransMara and works on health and education. The organisation contributes to advocacy campaigns on issues affecting girls, such as FGM/C; raises awareness among the FGM/C practicing communities in Kenya on FGM/C; supports and encourages girls and women. Currently, the organization is supporting a centre of a community in Kilgoris. The centre is meant to be for girls who run away from the cut.

Equality Now Africa Regional Office

PO Box 2018, 00202, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.: +254 20 271 9913/9832
Contact person: Faiza Mohammed, Director of the Nairobi Office 

Equality Now puts those at risk of FGM/C in contact with partners who can help. 


Ishtar MSM

P.O.BOX 13005-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254-020 2497228
Email: infoatishtarmsm [dot] org

Director: Peter N. Njane
Email: directoratishtarmsm [dot] org or pnjaneatishtarmsm [dot] org or pnjoro2002atyahoo [dot] com
Tel: +25 47 21 95 25 70
Administrative contact: Jeffrey K. Musa, Communication and Mobilization Manager
Email: communicationsatishtarmsm [dot] org or jeffreymatishtarmsm [dot] org or jeffreym162atgmail [dot] com
Tel: +254724034964 or  +25 47 13 79 71 57 (mobile)

Ishtar MSM is a community based organization that advances sexual health rights of men that have sex with men to reduce the stigma and discrimination aliened with them by creating awareness with the aim of advocating for their rights to access health care, including STI/HIV and AIDS related care and treatment. Ishtar-MSM is a member group of The Gay & Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK).

Ishtar MSM was formed in the year 1997 when the founders and members did a play by the Name “Cleopatra” at the Kenya National Theater. Majority of them were Male Sex Workers and later formed Ishtar as a support group. They would come together and help each other in various ways like bailing each other and moral support. After 1999 they registered the organization as self help group under the ministry of Home affairs, heritage and sports to create awareness to the members in HIV/AIDS prevention, care & treatment.

In the 2003 through new leadership and members the organization included holistically all MSM (Men who have sex with men) and the initial members the Male sex workers were part Ishtar’s programmes.

Currently Ishtar has 300 registered members and the organization operates from Nairobi.