Member Spotlight: SUAKA

Building a Network to Support Indonesia’s Hidden Refugees

Lesson #5: "You will expand the impact of your work through empowering people - both the beneficiaries of your work and the people who will support you, such as volunteers." @SuakaIndonesia has shared many similar key lessons in this Member Spotlight, discussing their journey in legal empowerment that is changing the situation of refugees in Indonesia.

The refugee issue was largely under the radar in Indonesia – with the exception of an over-stretched UNHCR resettlement office – until SUAKA was founded in 2012, initially with just seven volunteers. Still entirely volunteer-run, SUAKA, the Indonesian Civil Society Network for Refugee Rights Protection, assists asylum seekers with legal advice and education during their resettlement claims in Indonesia. It also advocates for the country to sign the 1951 UN Convention on Refugee Rights, and is building a network of students, academics, volunteers and organizations to work for the country’s largely forgotten refugees.

Read more about this important work [here in our Member Spotlight] ( on SUAKA.

In 2016, we are starting to introduce members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network through a series of organizational Member Spotlights that can be found on our new Meet the Network page. Member Spotlights are short profile articles that use case studies and ‘key lessons’ to provide useful insights into the work of other network members. Whether you are working in the same country, with similar issues or want to understand new legal empowerment approaches, the Network Spotlight is a useful learning resource.