The project builds on the experience and previous work of the project partners both in analytical activities and field experience. The Centre for European Constitutional Law (CECL) is the lead partner, together with Antigone and the Greek Council for Refugees they implement activities in Greece, COSPE implements activities in Italy and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in Hungary. Art. 1 in the Netherlands is responsible for building capacity with the project champions, whereas the modules and training material have been developed through the active collaboration of all partners. The partners were selected based on their direct involvement and expertise on anti-racism/hate crimes issues and their capacity to transform this experience in capacity building for the project target groups. At the same time each organisation has a track record of work on different aspects of racism and hate crime. Also, the Association for Legal Studies in Immigration (ASGI) cooperates as associate partner.
The CECL is the national focal point for the European Network of Fundamental Rights (FRANET) of the European Union Agency on Fundamental Rights-FRA, responsible for the systematic collection of data and monitoring of legislative and policy developments in the area of fundamental rights. Furthermore, the CECL enjoys consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and participates with observer status in various UN events. Finally, the Centre is certified for the services it offers by ISO 9001:2008.
ANTIGONE participates as coordinator or as partner in both national and international projects. The organisation carries out sensitisation activities, events on non-discrimination, non-formal educational workshops on the integration of differentiality conducted via the methodology of non-formal education as well as seminars and vocational training workshops in various thematic sections. From January 2002, ANTIGONE organises the Annual Round Table Against Discrimination, Racism and Xenophobia. Furthermore, the organisation has a constant presence in the antiracist festivals and other events in Athens and Thessaloniki while it also participates in various networks that are set on local, national or international level.
In the research field on racism and migration ANTIGONE has carried out analytical studies on issues related to employment, education, housing of migrants, legislation, racist violence, minority and other vulnerable groups issues. Furthermore, ANTIGONE has submitted case studies related to good and bad practices on combating racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. In parallel, from 2010 ANTIGONE has been selected as cooperation partner working with the “European Anti-Discrimination Legal Experts Network (Legalent)” that specialises in monitoring all institutional developments in legislation and jurisprudence and on a regular basis develops surveys, analyses and studies on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment between EU member states.
GCR is governed by an elected Board of Directors and employs more than 60 members of staff, comprising of social workers, lawyers, interpreters, project managers, communication officers and other supporting personnel.The main sources of GCR stem from European and co-financed Programmes, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, grant making trusts, as well as companies and individuals.
GCR’s services are offered in its offices in Athens and Thessaloniki and in the region of Evros, andother entry point in Greece, especially when mass entries of people requiring international protection occur. On a daily basis, GCR welcomes and offers free legal and social assistance and services to refugees and third country nationals who are entitled to international protection in our country, while special emphasis is put on vulnerable cases, such as victims of torture, for the protection of which it runs a rehabilitation centre in collaboration with other NGOs, victims of racist violence, unaccompanied minors, victims of trafficking etc.
The ultimate goal is the protection of the said population and their smooth integration into the local community. Assistance is not only provided during the asylum procedure but also after their being granted a protection status in order to have their rights better protected and promoted. In this prospect, apart from enhanced legal and social assistance, GCR, through its Multicultural Center for promoting the integration of refugees into Greek society, “Pyxida”, offers refugees free Greek and English courses, computer classes, tutoring to students in Greek schools as well as cultural, artistic and athletic activities.