Non-governmental organizations

Some social organizations such as associations or foundations provide information on the rights of persons discriminated against and free of charge legal aid. Don’t hesitate to address them!

Below is the list of NGOs providing help on the above issues:

Association for Legal Intervention [Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej]
5 Siedmiogrodzka str., room 51
01-204 Warsaw
phone +48 22 621 51 65

The Halina Nieć Legal Aid Center [Centrum Pomocy Prawnej im. H. Nieć]

Within the project being implemented from April 2008 to March 2009 the Center counteracts discrimination and xenophobia against refugees and marginalized migrants in Poland. The Center provides free of charge information and legal assistance to foreigners, migrants and refugees who had become victims of discrimination.

The Halina Nieć Legal Aid Center
11/7 Krowoderska Str
31-141 Cracow
phone: 012 633 72 23
fax: 012 423 32 77

The Society of Crisis Intervention [Towarzystwo Interwencji Kryzysowej]

The Society of Crisis Intervention acts for equality between men and women, and the commission of communities experiencing a crisis or discriminated against (e.g. refugees or Roma). It also gets involved in issues concerning the rights of minorities.

The Society also provides information, advocacy and a psychological assistance for victims of crimes and discrimination. It runs training courses on the above issues and helps the local communities build assistance systems for victims of crimes and discrimination.

The Society also organizes meetings, discussions and debate groups with female representatives of discriminated communities as well as supports their efforts aimed at influencing the decision processes.

The Society of Crisis Intervention [Towarzystwo Interwencji Kryzysowej]
19 Krakowska Str (1st floor)
31-062 Cracow
phone: (012) 431 15 59

The Polish Society of Antidiscrimination Law [Polskie Towarzystwo Prawa Antydyskryminacyjnego]

The Polish Society of Antidiscrimination Law deals with protection of human rights, counteraction to discrimination, promotion of equal treatment irrespective of sex, age, racial and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion and belief, and disability. The aim of the Society is to support the development of antidiscrimination law, to popularize the knowledge in this area and an active attitude in combating discrimination.

The Society implements its aims through, among other things, supporting the persons experiencing discrimination and its consequences, in particular, providing legal aid and representation before the court.

Director – Karolina Kędziora:
Deputy director – Krzysztof Śmiszek:
Legal aid:

Cases of discrimination based on racial, national or ethnic origin may be also filed in the following institutions:

Monitoring of Racism and Xenophobia Team [Zespół Monitorowania Rasizmu i Ksenofobii]

The Team’s activity includes:

  • the management of a database on ethnic discrimination, racism and xenophobia;
  • the analysis of and reporting on ethnic discrimination, racism and xenophobia in Poland.

The above activities are implemented by the Team in close co-operation with NGOs working in the area of prevention and combating racism, anti-Semitism, racial discrimination and xenophobia.

Ministry of Interior and Administration [Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych i Administracji]
Department of Control, Complaints and Petitions [Departament Kontroli, Skarg i Wniosków]
Monitoring of Racism and Xenophobia Team [Zespół Monitorowania Rasizmu i Ksenofobii]
5 Stefana Batorego Str
02-591 Warsaw
phone: (22) 60 115 38, 60 141 36
fax: (22) 646-36-96

Hotline Polska- Dyż

Hotline Poland – Dyż operates at the Research and Academic Computer Network. Illegal content spotted on the Internet can be reported to the Hotline (in particular, the racist or xenophobic content). One of the tasks of the contact point is the analysis of the contents reported by the Internet users, technical documentation and the reporting to the police, the public prosecutor or content providers.

NIFC Hotline Polska
18 W±wozowa Str
02-796 Warsaw

Reporting illegal content:
phone: 0-801-615-005 (cost of the local connection)

The following institutions also provide legal aid to foreigners:

The Helsinki Human Rights Foundation [Helsińska Fundacja Praw Człowieka]

Within the “Legal Assistance for Foreigners and Refugees Program” the Foundation provides free of charge legal advice to foreigners and undertakes litigation actions. Moreover, lawyers working in the Program as experts prepare opinions to draft legal acts and programs regarding foreigners and perform informational and training activity for various groups of persons both from Poland and abroad concerning the definition of a refugee and the rights to which foreigners are entitled.

Agata Foryś:
Grzegorz Sikora:
Ewa Ostaszewska:

Within the “Rights of Minorities Program” the Foundation conducts research on the situation of persons belonging to national, ethnic and religious minorities, prepares reports and opinions in this scope and undertakes interventions in cases of confirmed discrimination.

Agnieszka Mikulska
phonr: /22/ 556 44 49

The Helsinki Human Rights Foundation [Helsińska Fundacja Praw Człowieka]
11 Zgoda Str
00-018 Warsaw
phone (022) 828 10 08, 828 69 96, 556 44 40
fax (022) 556 44 50

Amnesty International

66a Piêkna Str, 1st floor, room 2
00-672 Warsaw
phone/fax: (022) 827 60 00

The Law Clinic – Legal Aid Center [Klinika Prawa – Studencki Ośrodek Pomocy Prawnej]

Faculty of Law and Administration at the Warsaw University [Wydział Prawa i Administracji Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego]
26/ 28 Krakowskie Przedmieście Str
00-071 Warsaw
phone (022) 552 08 11
phone/fax: (022) 552 43 18

The Rule of Law Foundation [Instytut na Rzecz Państwa Prawa]

40/70 Chopina Str
20-023 Lublin

Legal Assistance Program (room 84-85)
phone/fax: +48 81 74 36 805

Refugees Program (room 86)
tel./fax: +48 81 53 24 069