Paralegals have been trained to provide primary legal assistance to refugees, stateless persons and asylum seekers in a fast, qualitative and efficient manner.
35 paralegals from across the country have been trained to provide primary legal assistance to refugees, stateless persons, asylum seekers, beneficiaries of international protection, as well as undocumented persons. For four days, they learned from Council of Europe experts how to provide primary legal assistance in a fast, qualitative and efficient manner, within the limits of competence established by law.
Paralegals interact directly with foreigners in the country, which involves certain skills and attitudes. Therefore, particular emphasis has been placed during the trainings on communicating with the main beneficiaries of legal aid, namely how to treat them with dignity, sensitivity, fairness and respect, with a particular attitude towards their personal situation, their well-being and their individual needs.
“These trainings are an opportunity for the Law Center of Advocates to help increase the capacity of paralegals in the field of refugee law. Paralegals work directly in the localities of the Republic of Moldova and must have knowledge to be able to provide primary legal assistance to foreigners, including refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, etc. trainings in this area cover a pressing need in our society,” said Oleg Palii, Executive Director of the Legal Center lawyers from the Republic of Moldova.
At the same time, the participants studied general notions in the field of refugee law and protection, basic notions of the right to asylum, the forms of protection, the procedure for examining asylum applications in the Republic of Moldova, the identification of vulnerable persons among refugees and stateless persons, etc. As a result, paralegals will be well prepared to provide general information in any area of law, to correctly determine and direct beneficiaries to the competent institutions or persons to solve their problems.
“We work directly with refugees from Ukraine. In the process of working with these people, many questions arise, and the paralegal must know what advice to give to each, what institution to contact in order to receive appropriate support. The training we assisting is very useful for us, because here we have the opportunity to know the legal framework relating to the status of foreigners, the knowledge gained helps us to act correctly when assisting refugees from Ukraine.our skills to guide correctly from the point from a legal point of view and provide correct legal advice to the foreigners we work with in the field,” said Maria Boico, legal assistant of Gratiesti, Chisinau.
In the Republic of Moldova, paralegals have become the main providers of primary legal assistance in the localities, the main sources of information in order to prevent the occurrence of legal problems and the main guides in situations where cases are not within the competence of their competence. In 2021, the number of paralegals was increased to 67 units.
The training of paralegals on the provision of primary legal aid to refugees, stateless persons and other categories of foreigners was organized by the Council of Europe project “Strengthening the human rights compliant criminal justice system man in the Republic of Moldova”, in partnership with the Law Center of Advocates and the National Legal Aid Council on September 19 and 20, 2022 and September 26 and 27, 2022.