The Association for Legal Intervention (Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej – SIP) is a Polish nongovernmental organization established in 2005 which mission is to ensure social cohesion by promoting equality of all people before the law. Our target groups: migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, prisoners, foster families, elderly people. Our core activities: provision of legal and social counselling in individual cases and representing clients in courts and in front of administrative bodies (thus initiating strategic litigation). We also implement educational programs for professionals and groups of diverse cultural and professional backgrounds concerning their rights and duties. We conduct research, publish and monitor the application of the law and participates in civil society consultations to influence the state policies.
SIP has 10 years experience in interdisciplinary councelling for migrants – we provide legal and integration counselling to all foreigners, including voluntary migrants as well as forced migrants – asylum seekers, recognized refugees and migrants with subsidiary protection – and undocumented migrants. We represent our clients during the administrative procedures and help them to integrate into Polish society. We intervene when foreigners’ rights are violated and fight against discriminatory regulations and practices. Among our clients there are also migrant women victims of gender-based violence. We do our best to guarantee them multidisciplinary assistance: lawyers closly cooperate with the integration/intercultural counsellor and interpreters; we also collaborate with public institutions and other NGOs.
We run the Voluntary Center, where volunteers help asylum seekers and refugees with translations/ interpreting in daily situations, mostly during medical visits.
We conduct research and educational projects, aimed at increasing the awareness of Poles concerning migration and the presence of foreigners in our society. We have experience in workshops for police, teachers, social workers and other civil servants working with migrants.
We organize trainings for professionals who work or deal with foreigners – police officers, public officers, social workers and teachers.
We publish articles and books concerning cultural and legal aspects of foreigners’ existence in Poland.