Pioneer initiative of São Paulo civil society intends to act as an information access point to refugees and undocumented immigrants, who are in need of regularization of their illegal status in the Brazil.
By Alexandra Aparicio, Manager of Refugees United’s activities in Latin America
On June 2nd, Refugees United and six other civil society entities, which compose the Amnesty Communication Network in São Paulo, organized the First Debate on the Amnesty to Immigrants. This event aimed at discussing and clearing up the doubts the refugees and undocumented immigrants could have about the Amnesty Law.
The open debate took place in a mall in São Paulo and more than 150 undocumented immigrants and refugees from many Latin American and African countries attended the event, as well as authorities from the Paraguayan and Peruvian consulates and representatives of the Brazilian Public Ministry and Ministry of Employment.
The objective of the Amnesty Communication Network in São Paulo is to explain to the refugees and immigrants what documents are necessary to apply for the amnesty, where they could ask for the documents they still don’t have and how to fill the Federal Police forms.
This Refugees United’s initiative is part of the Latin American expansion program, which is focused on establishing partnerships with agencies, institutions and community leaders that work with refugees.
Since the beginning of activities in Brazil in May 2008, Refugees United has partnered with Brazilian Red Cross – São Paulo Branch, Cibernarium/Vit@lis, São Paulo Human Rights Commission, Casa do Migrante, Centro Pastoral do Imigrante, ACNUR/ Cáritas, and IDAAB.
Refugees United is also member of the São Paulo Executive Committee for Immigrants and Refugees that work on the creation of public policies directed to the refugees and undocumented immigrants.