Representation of children
Commissioned by the Office for Child Protection or the Adult and Child Protection Court, ISS Switzerland provides legal representation to all unaccompanied minor asylum seekers residing in the canton of Geneva.
Our lawyer, who specialises in migration law, represents these children before the responsible migration authorities. He represents their interests in appeals against asylum refusals, deportations or the withdrawal of temporary admission. He files applications for a residence permit or for family reunification on their behalf. He also provides information and advice to the guardians of the children concerned.
In 2016, the asylum application of Asma*, an Eritrean girl who fled to Switzerland at the age of 11, was rejected. Following an appeal by ISS Switzerland, which highlighted the risk of her family being persecuted, Asma was granted asylum in 2018. Her guardian then approached us to take the necessary steps to reunite Asma and her mother, as the girl was suffering badly from the long separation. After an initial refusal, the authorities agreed to grant Asma's mother an entry and residence permit for Switzerland, in application of the European Convention on Human Rights.