Foreign nationals may be detained in Switzerland for up to 18 months. We represent our often destitute clients before the courts and ensure that they are not unlawfully detained. Most of our clients never get to see a lawyer, even though some of them have been in custody for months. Without legal representation it is not realistic to win or even to make a complaint.
AsyLex is a non-profit association based in Switzerland. We support asylum seekers in their procedure with free legal advice. Our vision is that every asylum seeker in Switzerland understands the basics of the asylum procedure, knows the criteria for granting asylum and has access to free legal advice at all times. In addition, AsyLex has a detention team that represents people in deportation custody.
Through my daily work at AsyLex I see how many people are helped by volunteering. But we are getting more and more clients, and at the same time the administrative work is increasing, all this cannot be done by volunteers alone. During my time at AsyLex I was able to learn a lot, more people should have the opportunity to get this professional insight at AsyLex and especially at the Detention Team, but not all of them have the capacity to do this extensive work in their spare time.