Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado

CEAR is a non-profit organization, founded in 1979, of voluntary, humanitarian, independent and plural action. Our aim is to work alongside citizens defending the right to access asylum. CEAR is inspired by a profound respect for values such as justice, solidarity, freedom, equality, independence, ethical commitment, plurality, transparency, participation and coherence.
Our mission is to defend and promote Human Rights and the complete development of refugees, stateless persons and migrants who are in need of international protection and/or exposed to social exclusion.

CEAR has two lines of work:
The Social Intervention line is developed through three departments: the Legal Department, the Sheltering Department and the Social Department.
In the legal department, more than 150 lawyers work everyday giving advice and defending the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, stateless and displaced people and migrants in a vulnerable situation taking into account the specific circumstances of each person and the political and human rights situation in their country of origin.

CEAR’s Legal Department lawyers are distributed along the Spanish territory through different regional offices that are mainly located near key points of access to international protection procedures such as airports, coasts and ports with a 24 hours guard service. CEAR lawyers use strategic litigation to advance the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, stateless and displaced people and migrants in a vulnerable situation before national, international and regional courts such as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
The advocacy and social participation line aims to carry out actions and processes to have a direct impact on the normative, institutional, political and social structures to work for the defence of the right of asylum and access of all their rights. The work is articulated by five lines of action that are complementary and mutually dependent: Advocacy, raising- awareness and communication; Social  movements and networks;  International Strategy and Voluntary work and social participation.

Mayte Vizacaino Callejón

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