Legal Centre Lesbos is a team of lawyers and legally trained volunteers from across Europe, providing assistance on legal matters to refugees of Lesvos (Greece). We provide help on asylum applications, relocation and family reunification, as well as giving information and advice on any other legal issues refugees residing on Lesvos may have.
Carlos – General co-ordinator
Carlos is the General Co-ordinator of LCL. A solicitor from London, he worked for years as a criminal and extradition law consultant before leaving his job to volunteer in the Calais Legal Centre at the beginning of January 2016.
Having seen the lack of legal information refugees had received by the time they had reached Calais, Carlos travelled to Lesbos in August to help set up the Legal Centre which could assist refugees at the beginning of their journeys into Europe.
He is responsible for helping to coordinate the work of the legal centre from abroad and returns from time to time to help with work on the ground.
NATASHA – head of legal team
Natasha is a Greek lawyer providing legal support and advice in Mosaic Centre for asylum seekers by preparing their interviews and filing appeals and/or any related issue as family reunification, relocation, filing objections against detention, actions before the authorities etc.
She has prior experience having worked as a freelancer in Athens in that field and as legal aid provider through the ministry of justice. As a fully-qualified greek lawyer she is the focal point of the legal work we provide.
LORRAINE – Lesbos co-ordinator
Lorraine is an attorney from the USA, who has worked investigating and litigating human rights abuses of multinationals in Colombia, and advocating on behalf of Palestinians’ rights.
She joined the team in September, and is always looking for uphill battles, she is keen to expose and advocate against the systematic violations of refugee and migrant rights here in Lesvos.
RACHELE – Case worker
Rachele is a law student, from Torino, Italy. When not absorbed by her learning of human rights law, she spends her time working with legal projects that support refugees in Italy.
Her experience working with refugees in the country which currently has the greatest number of third country nationals entering its border makes Rachele a valuable member of the team.
Since her arrival on the island, she has developed a love-hate relationship with Mosaik, the cat and youngest member of the team.
NORMA – volunteer co-ordinator
Norma is a Jurist from Paris, France. She worked with Carlos in the Legal Centre in Calais for two months and has helped him set up the project in Lesbos.
Norma’s main interest is in environmental law but, due to her work in Lesbos and Calais, she knows the Dublin III regulation off by heart. She can become very geeky when it comes to discussing refugee law with the rest of the team.
Laila – HEad of marketing strategy and fundraising
Laila is a marketing and strategic consultant based in London, who has previously raised significant funds for a number of charitable organisations. Legal Centre Lesbos is her passion and she would like every single person the planet to hear about us and support us. Her
dream is for there to be no need for such institutions in the future but until then, long may LCL reign!
NB. Laila loves Hello Kitty and will do her best to siphon her into all marketing communications
David – Technical Support
David is an IT, website and social media specialist who has spent time working on the Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps.
He is a board member of Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust and through his work on the board, has been involved in organising collections and fundraising for refugees through the football club.
MOSAIK – Cat
Mosaik is one of the oldest serving members of the Legal Centre team. Found during our first month on the Island, he wasn’t quite as knowledgeable about the law as the rest of the team, but is consistently working hard to become a fully qualified lawyer cat.
His favourite hobbies include playing with toys and getting into mischief.
Victor joined us from Sweden, where he’s studying for a Masters of Human Rights. Whilst he will be assisting with case work, he is also interested in political advocacy. He has lived in Australia for several years where he pursued a Bachelor of International Relations and worked for Amnesty International. A well-travelled person who enjoys exploring cultures and embracing the human connection from such adventures.
Gerhard is a dutch law expert volunteering for the Dutch Council for Refugees in particular on family reunification matters. With his law background, he has always been interested in Asylum law and all the regulations around refugees. Last May, his wife whom is a psychologist, was invited to Lesvos to work in Moria Camp for two weeks. As she was planning to return for a longer time, a dutch lawyer draw Gerhard attention to the Lesvos Legal Centre. He then decided to come together with his wife and to join the team as a law specialist. What moved him to do so? Showing humanity to the refugees, being interested in their harsh circumstances, and helping them going through the bureaucratic asylum system as they just entered Europe.
Jaz is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She specialises in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI)/queer refugee law, training, and advocacy. She also works to promote human rights through the Asia Pacific, and is about to take a fellowship in the Migration and Diversity Centre at the Law School of Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
Becky was a volunteer who joined us for a month over the summer, after graduating from her law degree. She has returned to the UK to do a Masters degree in Human Rights Law, but will continue supporting the centre whilst she’s in the UK, through fundraising and other small projects. The fundraising project is not so small though, as she’s been set a challenge of raising £2000!