CDA has been a partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) since 1998 and is the only legal NGO in the Republic of Moldova with comprehensive and exclusive expertise in the field of asylum and statelessness.
Statelessness is the legal situation when, for certain reasons, the person does not have the citizenship of any state.
The persons who acquired and retained this citizenship are recognized as citizens of the Republic of Moldova.
Since the first day of the war in Ukraine, CDA team members have been fully trained in monitoring the rights of refugees from Ukraine at border crossing points in accommodation centres. In its activities in response to the influx of refugees from Ukraine, CDA has developed a network of over 100 legal counselors, who provide legal assistance and useful information to refugees in accommodation centres and at border crossings, on hot lines, through online communication platforms, social media and through the distribution of printed information materials.
During the refugee crisis, in addition to providing legal assistance, CDA representatives are also involved in various other activities, such as identifying the vulnerabilities of refugees, facilitating access to financial and material aid, child protection, organizing information sessions, training for state employees involved in work with refugees form Ukraine.
Training and promotion of human rights in the field of migration, asylum, statelessness and integration of foreigners is a separate activity of CDA. To this end, a Training Hub (CDATH) has been set up within the Law Centre of Advocates, with the allocation of human and financial resources necessary for the organisation and conduct of training and information in the field of migration, asylum, statelessness and integration of foreigners.