Legal Assistance and Immigration Services
Living Water Community legal and protection programs are dedicated to ensure that refugees are informed of their rights, and can therefore access protective services. With a focus on refugee community empowerment, Living Water Community legal services involve public education, advice, individual representation and the pursuit of strategic litigation to bring about changes in legal practice or policy to advance refugee protection. We are particularly focused on ensuring that the most vulnerable – including children, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, refugees with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer (LGBTQ) refugees – can secure intensive legal aid.
Living Water Community: Ministry for Migrant and Refugees legal services also engage in the coordination and activities focused on capacity-building to advance refugee protection at the policy level both in Trinidad and Tobago. An extensive network of pro bono lawyers support the Living Water Community’s work to provide legal representation and refugee community volunteers are trained to serve as navigators to help individuals access social services, educational and employment opportunities.
Through increased access to community services as well as opportunities for education and employment during the legal process, Living Water Community: Ministry of Migrants and Refugees Legal Unit seeks to empower clients so that they eventually become agents of change in their communities.
*The Living Water Community: Ministry of Migrants and Refugees Legal Unit does not assist with criminal matters outside of the Immigration Act. However, people can be redirected to the Legal Aid and Advisory Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for related legal assistance and appointment of a public defender. More information about their services, locations and contact information can be found on their website at httpss://laaa.org.tt/
For more information on your labour rights in Trinidad and Tobago, please visit the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise’s website at httpss://www.molsed.gov.tt/empowerment/labour-inspectorate
Frequently Asked Questions
For legal issues, please contact Living Water Community’s Legal Unit via text/WhatsApp at 299-5526
You may call if your case is very complicated. For very sensitive cases, we may need to meet with you.