IRC : International Rescue Committee – Thailand
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) started working in Thailand in 1976 in response to the influx of refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Today, they serve people uprooted from Myanmar, also known as Burma, who began crossing into Thailand in 1984. The IRC’s Legal Assistance Center (LAC) Project works to improve sustainable access to justice for refugees by building the engagement and capacity of camp and Thai authorities, increasing legal awareness, and helping refugees to assert their rights and access remedies. The project operates in 5 camps on the Thai Burma border benefiting approximately 100,000 refugees in total.
In each of the camps IRC has set up a legal aid centre that is staffed with skilled Thai and refugee staff. IRC and the legal aid centres in collaboration with the management of the camps are partners on the microjustice facilitator toolkit project with the goal to strengthen the dispute resolution practices in the camp. Tools aim at strengthening the practical skills of section leaders and others involved in dispute resolution to offer an effective and neutral process.