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DLA Piper today announces a new partnership with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) that will see the two organizations work together to develop innovative responses to the global refugee crisis, improve refugee integration and advocate for impactful systemic change. In the first three years, DLA Piper will provide pro bono support worth more than $3.7 million and contribute financially to the agency’s global programs.

The partnership was developed in collaboration with United Kingdom for UNHCRan organization responsible for developing humanitarian partnerships with UK companies that support global relief efforts for refugees.

DLA Piper and UNHCR have an established relationship for over ten years. Since 2012, the firm has provided over 8,500 hours of pro bono legal assistance worth over US$3,000,000 to UNHCR. This new phase of the partnership will focus on co-developing innovative responses to the refugee crisis, including innovative financing models and impact investments, among other key areas.

According to the UNHCR, more than 100 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes. The number of displaced people has increased every year over the past decade and is now at the highest level since records began. These unprecedented levels of displacement represent a global humanitarian emergency. The impact is particularly pronounced on children, who make up 30% of the world’s population, but 42% of all forcibly displaced people.

DLA Piper has a long-standing commitment to protecting the rights of refugees, displaced persons and stateless people, with a particular focus on supporting the most vulnerable groups, including women, children and LGBT+ people. Human displacement has a number of components that are relevant to business as they affect how companies manage the relationship with their workforce, their value chain, the societies in which they operate and the political environment. . Over the past ten years, the firm has worked to address the root causes and consequences of displacement by providing legal recognition to people on the move and supporting inclusion in countries of destination.

This partnership with UNHCR is an extension of that work and of DLA Piper’s ongoing commitment to protecting and upholding the rights of displaced people.

Simon Levine, Global Co-CEO of DLA Piper, said: “We are honored to strengthen our partnership with UNHCR. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the work of the organization and ultimately support displaced people all over the world. The current crisis in Ukraine is just one example of why UNHCR’s work is so crucial.

“Legal protections are particularly important when people’s lives are uprooted and they face challenges such as lack of basic shelter, violence, exploitation and restrictions on freedom of movement. In this new phase of the partnership, we will work with UNHCR to support a fairer and more efficient system, to develop new approaches and to help foster inclusion as people rebuild their lives.

Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, Managing Director, Sustainability and Resilience, DLA Piper added: “This exciting partnership means we can amplify our work to protect the rights of displaced people around the world. The partnership will involve innovative approaches to long-term issues that we hope will lead to positive and lasting change. At this crucial time, our firm is delighted to partner with an organization that is focused on building a better future for refugees. »

Emma Cherniavsky, UK Director General for UNHCR, said: “We greatly appreciate this new partnership with DLA Piper which builds on ten years of valuable support for UNHCR’s work. People fleeing conflict and persecution are among the most vulnerable people in the world, with many on the frontlines of the climate crisis or facing significant barriers to employment, and DLA’s partnership will help to provide innovative solutions to support them.

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