Justice for Displaced Populations

Displaced populations often face discriminatory laws and experience limited access to adequate justice services, despite having urgent justice needs. These processes are complex and often leave individuals with limited legal protections or pathways to resolving disputes. Meanwhile, rising conflict, climate impacts, and economic hardship are uprooting more and more individuals around the world. Displacement is an acute issue facing the world and we have not found a way to ensure the universal protections and rights of these populations. Justice is a tool that has been under analyzed and underutilized in response to the challenges of displacement.

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Together with the NYU Center on International Cooperation's humanitarian crises program and other partners, Pathfinders for Justice seeks to support humanitarian and development actors to work together, equipped with tools and strategies, to address the justice problems facing displaced populations and host communities. It is our goal to strengthen knowledge and practice around the justice problems of refugees, internally displaced populations, and host communities—and to serve as a convener between the global justice and refugee policy communities. We intend to make justice a tool to bridge humanitarian responses to development outcomes. Meaningful refugee participation is a guiding principle of this work.


  1. Convene stakeholders from the justice, humanitarian, and development sectors to facilitate collaboration and mutual understanding for effective policy making.
  2. Support refugee and displaced persons participation at national, regional, and global fora.
  3. Support refugee and displaced persons participation at national, regional, and global fora.
  4. Integrate data and evidence on the justice needs of refugees, and internally displaced populations into national, regional, and global discourse on policy.
  5. Highlight case studies and best-practices in migration and refugee policy response at the national and regional levels to promote international recognition and learning exchange.
  6. Provide consultation and technical advice to multilateral and national agencies.
  7. Encourage greater and more sustainable financing for displacement and justice issues at the global, regional, and national levels.
  8. Advocate for cross-sector, evidence-based, and people-centered policy interventions to address the justice needs of displaced populations.

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