What we do

Forced migrants

There are currently more than 65 million forcibly displaced persons in the world as a result of persecution, conflicts, violence and human rights violations.

In this extremely complicated global migratory context, the Foundation attempts to bring about social transformation through the legal profession.


Practical guide for lawyers on Inmigration Detention Centers

Practical guide to legal assistance at immigrant detention centers (IDCs)
The Fernando Pombo Foundation has published the “Practical Guide to legal assistance at immigrant detention centers” with the aim of giving lawyers and social service organizations that provide guidance and legal advice to forced migrants a useful and practical tool that allows them to offer more effective assistance, thus helping to strengthen this group’s legal protection.

This guide is the result of the Foundation’s networking with the San Juan del Castillo Foundation’s Pueblos Unidos Center, Pro Bono lawyers, other social service organizations, universities, legal clinics and public administrations as well as national and international representative institutions. It is the most eagerly awaited result of the EXEQUO III Project, an initiative through which the Foundation promotes the legal profession’s social leadership in providing legal protection to the most vulnerable.

The Guide is available for free download on the website created specifically for this project with the collaboration of the Fundación Telefónica.


Other Foundation projects for the legal protection of forced migrants


Access to healthcare, particularly mental health, at IDCs

Pueblos Unidos and the Fernando Pombo Foundation requested the UNIR-Fundación Fernando Pombo Legal Clinic to study the issue of health care at IDCs, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and people with mental health problems.

As a result of this legal study, a report has been prepared that includes:

(i) a proposal for an action plan to guarantee mental healthcare (psychological and psychiatric) for detainees at the Aluche (Madrid) IDC, which may be extended to other IDCs in Spain;

(ii) an analysis of possible legal actions under Spanish law in order to guarantee that IDC detainees can exercise the right to psychiatric and psychological assistance.

(iii) a legal basis for NGO participation in the internal activities of IDCs, particularly in specialized mental health care through collaboration with the center’s health service.


The right to translator-interpreters at IDCs

The UNIR-Fundación Fernando Pombo Legal Clinic, in collaboration with the Pueblos Unidos ONG, has analyzed the right of detainees at Immigrant Detention Centers (IDCs) to have access to an interpreter. The report addresses the actions that must be taken to ensure that all detainees at IDCs have access to translating and interpreting services in order for them to become familiar with their rights and gain access to effective judicial protection.


More legal reports

  • Access to the Spanish National Health System for forced migrants.
  • Mental health and international protection.
  • Conversion to Christianity and international protection.
  • Asylum and refuge vs other non-refugee migrants, in cooperation with the Madrid Bar Association’s Migration Group.
  • Determination of the age of unaccompanied migrant minors, in cooperation with the Raíces Foundation.
  • Legal protecction of unaccompanied migrant minors, in cooperation with the Harraga Association.
  • Duration of foreign minors’s residence cards in Melilla, in cooperation with PRODEIN Association.