Training refugees and host community groups and authorities on the rights (and responsibilities) of refugees is likely to be a core part of your community outreach work.
Knowledge of their rights and practical channels for asserting and claiming them is the first step in community legal empowerment. Those attending your workshops will effectively act as multipliers among their communities, workplaces and networks. Be explicit about this aim, and explain that multiplying knowledge can contribute to increased tolerance towards refugees and awareness of the unique challenges they face.
Through data collection methods, such as outreach, participatory diagnostics and focus groups, you should be able to establish what kinds of rights trainings are appropriate and necessary in your context. These may include general Know Your Rights trainings, work rights workshops, and refugee status determination (RSD) workshops, but there are many more potential rights workshops you could run, depending on your expertise, refugees’ and institutions’ interest and capacity.
Further workshop ideas could include:
- Write Your Own Appeal workshop
- Recent Arrivals: Rights orientations
- Other Methods of Regularization
- Right to Work
- Health Rights
- Right to Education
- Gender-Based Violence: Your Rights.
Gender-based violence and other gender topics are also covered in the social Inclusion workshops section.