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Advocates Abroad

Justice Has No Borders

Orlando, FL   |  http://www.advocatesabroad.org

Mission

Advocates Abroad is a global network of diverse professionals dedicated to upholding the fundamental rights of refugees and asylum applicants. Advocates field teams are local and foreign attorneys, interpreters, asylum experts, medical and psychosocial service providers. Field teams serve in permanent offices, located in the European Union, Middle East, and North America. Remote legal aid and psychosocial services teams provide legal aid hotlines in several languages and 24/7 online assistance.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Ariel Ricker

Main address

Suite 317-FLR1000469 9561 Satellite Boulevard

Orlando, FL 32837 USA

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EIN

81-4496018

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Immigrants' Rights (R21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (M01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The refugee crisis in Europe in which Advocates Abroad was formed began in 2015. That refugee crisis continues into the present day of 2021, with asylum applicants still seeking safety in European states from their home countries. Advocates Abroad was formed as a response to the lack of qualified and compassionate legal professionals present in the border states of Europe. The remote legal teams of Advocates Abroad were formed to support the legal teams on the ground and to serve as a space of training for new asylum lawyers and legal professionals. The MHPSS (mental health & psychosocial services) team was later formed to assist asylum applicants & refugees, as well as to train the Advocates Abroad teams in effective communication methods and trauma care mechanisms.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Asylum Applicant & Refugee Legal Aid

This project focuses on training and deploying lawyers and legal professionals who provide legal aid clinics for all refugees and asylum seekers. There are remote and on the ground legal aid clinic in locations based in Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Victims and oppressed people

Mental Health & Psychosocial Services Team serves refugees and asylum applicants for psychological evaluations and suicide prevention. This team also trains the Advocates Abroad teams on professionalism in crisis zones, care for trauma victims, and personal coping mechanisms for secondary trauma.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Adults
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The original mission of Advocates Abroad was to uphold the fundamental human rights and dignity of asylum applicants and refugees through the provision of timely and free legal aid and MHPSS care. This mission has not changed. The goals of development and care Advocates Abroad have only grown to match the demand for the services of the many teams of Advocates Abroad. The current goals of Advocates Abroad include the growth of remote teams from more countries that are currently underrepresented and the growth of field presence in additional EU states and in the Middle East.

Advocates Abroad has several strategies for its goals. Through its original diverse recruitment methods that are aimed at attracting the talents of widespread backgrounds and identities, Advocates Abroad has a fundamental basis of tolerance, respect, and interest in supporting the development of refugees, asylum applicants, and other minorities through the programs of Advocates Abroad. Another strategy that has been used by Advocates Abroad is the willingness to adapt to the local communities in which it operates and the micro-communities in which it serves. These differing cultures requires a deep understanding of international and domestic law, as well as first hand experience in the cultures of asylum applicants. Accordingly, from its inception, Advocates Abroad has recruited foreign and domestic lawyers and legal professionals who are both refugees and non-refugees as volunteers for its teams.

Advocates Abroad has the capabilities to meet its goals due its to the energy, dedication, and diversity of its teams and Directors. The NGO is beginning its 6th year of operations with the same determination as when it began, which is due to the constant influx of new teams and professionalism of its established and long term teams. The current refugee crisis in Europe remains a concerning global crisis requiring the services of qualified pro bono legal and MHPSS teams. Advocates Abroad provides pre-mission mandatory training and assessments to ensure the highest possible care with the greatest possible sensitivity and respect is provided to asylum applicants and refugees.

Advocates Abroad has accomplished many of its original goals involving the free, effective, and prompt provision of legal aid and MHPSS care for asylum applicants. For example, over 10,000 individuals in Europe have been assisted in gaining protection and safety due to the services of Advocates Abroad teams since 2016.
Advocates abroad has also accomplished its goal of encouraging new lawyers and graduating law students to serve in the field of asylum law. Since 2016, Advocates Abroad has partnered with four law schools in multiple countries to train students and professors remotely and supervise their efforts to assist Advocates Abroad teams on the ground in Greece. These students and professors have also worked with Advocates Abroad teams to publish two significant academic reviews on current issues in asylum law, specifically, detention practices of asylum applicants in the EU and discrimination of asylum applicants in accessing asylum services in the EU.
Since 2017, the MHPSS teams of Advocates Abroad have served several thousand asylum applicants and refugees through remote and on the ground mental health and psychological care clinics. The MHPSS teams have drafted psychological evaluations for asylum interviews and appeals, as well as Best Interest Assessments for minors seeking family reunification. These teams have also provided hundreds of pro bono hours for talk therapy and general counselling for suicidal and troubled asylum applicants and refugees. Lastly, these teams have also led weekly trauma care training sessions since 2018 for the Advocates Abroad teams to better equip these field and remote teams in sensitive interview prep, ethical care, and healthy coping mechanisms for secondary trauma.
Advocates Abroad has also branched out to providing community service during the time of the 2020-2021 COVID 19 pandemic by raising funds for masks, hand sanitizers, and other personal protection equipment in order to distribute these items among the Greek island asylum applicant, refugee, and local communities. For example, more than 14,500 masks have been distributed by the Lesvos Advocates Abroad team since August 2020.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Advocates Abroad

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ariel Ricker

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/20/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.