Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Thailand Pro Bono Directory

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

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.

Asylum Access Thailand (AAT)

3rd-4th floor, Deva Building 13 Soi Intamara 35, Suthisarnwinichai Road, Dindaeng, Bangkok 10400 
Tel.: +66 2691 9231
Email: thailandatasylumaccess [dot] org
Contact Person: johanna [dot] selthatasylumaccess [dot] org (Johanna Selth)

Asylum Access - Thailand (AAT) is concerned with the fairness and efficacy of the Thai refugee status determination (RSD) process,and with the treatment of those who have fled to Thailand from around Southeast Asia and beyond. Thailand is not currently a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, however, Thailand sits on the Executive Committee of the UNHCR, and RSD in Thailand is generally conducted by the local UNHCR office. Refugee status from UNHCR provides a measure of protection from forcible return to warfare or possible persecution, and Asylum Access assists individuals in this process as well as undertaking advocacy work. Asylum Access Thailand is a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

Caritas Thailand

National Catholic Commission on Migration, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand Building, 122/11 7th Floor, Soi Naksuwan, Nonsi Road, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
Tel: +66 26 81 39 00 Ext: 17 10
Fax: +66 26 81 34 77
Email: caritasthailandatcbct [dot] net
Contact Person: John Murray, Team Coordinator for National Catholic Commission on Migration

Caritas Thailand is the Thai Catholic Church organisation for facilitating the social pastoral work for the Church. Caritas Thailand's programmes are: education, health, community support and development, anti-human trafficking, labour rights, healing of memories, sustainable agriculture, and environment protection (the latter three are with Burmese refugees).

Center for Asylum Protection (CAP)

40/32 Intamara Soi 8, Suthisarn Road, Samsennai, Phayathai, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel:  (+66) 02-116-0405; (+66) 02-116-0406
Email: infoatcapthailand [dot] org
Contact Person: Caroline Stover, Legal Advocacy Director

The Center for Asylum Protection (CAP) is an advice center for urban refugees and asylum seekers in Thailand. They provide independent advice and representation for people making asylum applications to UNHCR Thailand. Their services are free of charge and open to asylum seekers and refugees in Thailand of all nationalities. Their work focuses on providing advice and representation, as well as protection services. CAP provides the following services: advice and representation for asylum seekers at appeal and re-opening stages, dependent on capacity and individual circumstances; protection support to asylum seekers and refugees, including support for those experiencing arrest, domestic violence, sexual and gender-based violence, and other protection concerns; information for newly arrived asylum seekers in Bangkok, including advice on living in Thailand and the refugee status determination process; and empowerment through workshops and group advice sessions. CAP only meets with clients by appointment, and does not operate a walk-in service. Please contact to register as a client. 

Chin Human Rights Organisation

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Email: rachelatchro [dot] ca
Contact Person: Rachel Fleming, Advocacy Officer

Chin Human Rights Organisation's (CHRO) activities include refugee protection; providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable refugee families in India and Malaysia; financial assistance for the education of refugee children and capacity training to refugee organisations. CHRO is a member of the Asia Pacfic Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

Community Help Community (CHC)


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Phone: +66 95 96 92 278
Email: rhrintlatgmail [dot] com

Community Help Community is a network of experts and students that aim to reduce gaps between refugee and non-refugee communities. CHC offers workshops to educate refugees about refugee status determination (RSD), refugee law, interfaith harmony, community development and mobilization. CHC reaches out to CHC members but also to other NGOs as well as individuals to promote refugee minors in education and health.

CHC doesn't have an office but refugees can reach them by phone or email. CHC is a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).


Fortify Rights

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Email: amy [dot] smithatfortifyrights [dot] org

Fortify Rights works to end and remedy human rights abuses. We investigate human rights violations, engage people with power, and strengthen responses to abuses through trainings and collaborative support for human rights defenders. They are an independent, nonprofit organization based in Southeast Asia and registered in the United States and Switzerland. Though they do not provide direct legal aid to refugees, they are a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

FORUM ASIA - Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

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Head Office : Rue de Varembé 1, 2nd Floor, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Regional office: Room 12-01 12th Flr., Times Square Building, 246 Sukhumvit Road, Between Soi 12-14, Klongtoey, 10110 Bangkok,Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)2 65 32 940-1
Fax: +66 (0)2 65 32 942
Email: infoatforum-asia [dot] org

FORUM-ASIA was founded in 1991 in Manila and its regional Secretariat is located in Bangkok. It is a membership-based regional human rights organisation with 46 offices. It is committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights including the right to development. It is not only  a member of the Asia Pacific refugee rights Network, but APRRN’s offices are located at Forum Asia’s Regional Offices in Bangkok.

Human Security Alliance (HSA)

246 Times Square Building , Unit 1203 Sukumwit Rd. Klongtoey, Bangkok, 10110 Thailand
Tel: +66 22 29 55 613
Fax: +66 22 29 55 60
Email: humansecurityallianceatgmail [dot] com

The Human Security Alliance (HSA) is a member of the Asia Pacific refugee rights Network.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Thailand

43 Rachwithi Soi 12, Victory Monument, Phayathai, Bangkok, 10400
Tel:  +66 26 40 95 91-2
Mobile: +66 84 42 74 136
Email: apdirectoratjrs [dot] or [dot] th

The JRS in Thailand runs the Urban Refugee Program (URP), providing services such as casework, psychosocial social, financial and material support, legal assistance, and community support to asylum seekers in the urban areas. The majority of the asylum seekers after registering with UNHCR are referred to JRS-URP for financial, legal, and other assistance. The legal service is one of the components of the over-all Urban Refugee Program which offer legal advice and counseling throughout the asylum process to asylum seekers in Bangkok, Immigration Detention Center, and elsewhere when the need arises.

Legal Services:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 09:00-17:00 at JRS-URP office consultation.
Wednesday and Thursday: home visit and community outreach
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 09:00-17:00 at one legal officer assigned in Immigration Detention Center.

People's Empowerment Foundation

1/546 Nuan Chan Road, Klongkum, Bungkum, Bangkok 10230, Thailand
Tel: +66 29 46 61 04
Email: infoatpeoplesempowerment [dot] org

People’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF) is a non-governmental organisation that acts as the secretariat for a coalition of community-based organisations (CBOs) and networks within the country and throughout Southeast Asia. Its objectives are to increase the organisational capacity of civil society networks and CBOs in Thailand and to promote human rights and democracy in Thailand. People's Empowerment Foundation-Thailand is a member of the Asia Pacific refugee rights Network.

Thai Committee for Refugees Foundation (TCR)

149/212, 25th Floor, Modern Home Tower, Nonsri Road, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 6819919, +66 87 0960330
Fax: +66 2 6819919
Email: adminatthaiforrefugees [dot] org
Contact person: Veerawit Tianchainan, Executive Director of TCR
Email: vtianchainanatthaiforrefugees [dot] org

The Thai Committee for Refugees Foundation (TCR) is the first registered Thai organisation with the mission to promote and protect all human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons in Thailand and in ASEAN region. Its  focus areas are education, health care, livelihood, legal status and documentation and legal and policy advocacy. The Thai Committee for Refugees Foundation (TCR) is a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment (VOICE)

245 E Pepper Dr., Long Beach, CA 90807,USA+63-2-478-3350 (representative branch)
Email: voiceinmanilaatgmail [dot] com

VOICE (Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment) is a non-profit organization, registered in the United States since 2007. VOICE has been operating in the Philippines since 1997, and opened an office in Thailand in 2013. VOICE originated as a legal aid office, providing assistance to the remaining Vietnamese boat people in Southeast Asia. In recent years, VOICE has been working with the Vietnamese Canadian Federation (VCF) to find a durable humanitarian solution for the last remaining Vietnamese boat people in Thailand, and is currently working on their application for the eventual resettlement in Canada. In addition to the VCF, VOICE also collaborates with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VCA) to provide legal and logistical support to refugees presently fleeing Vietnam to seek protection from persecution by the Vietnamese authorities. These refugees consist of priests, pastors, political activists, and rights defenders, seeking asylum in Thailand and Cambodia under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).