Strathmore Law Clinic and Refugee Consortium of Kenya Join Forces to Empower Refugees

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In a remarkable display of solidarity and legal advocacy, the Strathmore Law Clinic (SLC) teamed up with the Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK) to extend critical support to refugees in Kenya. On Tuesday, the 28th of May 2024, a group of dedicated Strathmore Law School students convened at Fizi School, the venue for this impactful initiative.

The refugees, hailing from diverse backgrounds including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and beyond, brought with them a spectrum of challenges that stem from the refugee experience. Among the array of issues addressed, the focus was on resolving crucial matters such as documentation rights, asylum applications, access to medical care, obtaining work permits to facilitate livelihoods, and securing educational opportunities for their children.

At its core, the project aimed not only to provide immediate assistance but also to empower refugees with the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate their legal and social landscapes effectively. By collaborating with the Refugee Consortium of Kenya, renowned for its expertise and commitment to refugee rights, the Strathmore Law Clinic underscored its dedication to serving vulnerable communities and promoting justice and equity.

The project emerged as a resounding success, with over 150 refugees receiving vital assistance and guidance. Through our concerted efforts, we seamlessly connected them with pertinent organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), facilitating access to essential services and support networks. From protection cases to asylum processing, including Refugee Status Determination (RSD) and engagement with the Refugee Department, every individual received personalized attention and comprehensive assistance tailored to their specific needs.

This achievement underscores the tangible impact that collaborative initiatives like ours can have on the lives of vulnerable populations. By leveraging our collective expertise and resources, we not only provided immediate relief but also laid the groundwork for sustained empowerment and resilience within refugee communities. As we reflect on the success of this endeavour, we remain committed to continuing our advocacy efforts and fostering a culture of compassion, inclusion, and justice for all.

Prepared and edited by: Peter Muturi, Sagal Ahmed, Samuel Baraka, Miski Mohamud, Teddy Njagi.

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