Legal service providers

The Database of legal service providers and legal resources contains information on organizations and specialists who provide legal assistance to gays, other MSM and trans people in Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

The base was created by ECOM in 2017 as part of the regional Program “The Right to Health”.

If you want information about your or your organization to also be in this database please write to contact@ecom.ngo.

International

Organization Web-site Specialization E-mail City Service Costs
UNI-FORM uni-form.eu Hate crimes baseg on SOGIE Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Free
Barring The Way To Health legalbarriers.peoplewithhiveurope.org Most common legal and regulatory barriers to HIV testing, linkage to care and treatment access
Stigmaindex stigmaindex.org Tool that measures and detects changing trends in relation to stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV
Opttest/Julian Hows opttest.eu Stigma and legal barriers to the provision and uptake of HIV testing services  jhows@gnpplus.net Free
Regional legal network of PLHIV hiv-legalaid.org Legal assistance to people living with HIV, people affected by HIV hiv.legalaid.org@gmail.com EECA countries Free
Армения
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
Hayk Hayrapetyan Lawyer / legal counselor legalaidngngo@gmail.com Armenia, Yerevan Free for vulnerable groups
Anahit Mkrtchyan Lawyer ngngolegalaid@gmail.com Armenia, Yerevan Free for vulnerable groups
Ara Karagiozyan Lawyer / legal counselor arakaragiozyan@gmail.com Armenia, Yerevan Free for vulnerable groups
Alik Ustyan Expert in sexuality issues, HIV and human rights consultant 37441930108 austyan@ngngo.net Armenia, Yerevan Free
Artem Movsesyan HIV and human rights consultant 37499968686 amovsesyan@ngngo.net Armenia, Yerevan Free
Levon Chilingaryan HIV consultant 37441689991 lchilingaryan@ngngo.net Armenia, Yerevan Free
Sergey Gabrielian Human rights and non-discrimination expert, lawyer, HIV consultant sergeigabrielian@gmail.com Armenia, Yerevan Free
Arman Sahakyan Pre-qualified human rights and non-discrimination expert 37495260988 managerngngo@gmail.com Armenia, Yerevan  Free
Mamikon Hovsyepyan Human rights expert director@pinkarmenia.org Armenia, Yerevan Free
New Generation NGO ngngo.net Human rights organization 374 60 378989,  374 60 478989 infongngo@gmail.com Armenia Free
PINK NGO “Public Information and Need of Knowledge” pinkarmenia.org LGBT organization 37 460 377 277 info@pinakrmenia.org Armenia Free
Real World, Real People realwrp.com/english PLHIV 37 477 522 533 info@realwrp.com Armenia Free
Right Side NGO rightsidengo.com Trans people Aid 37 477 594 584 rightsidengo@gmail.com Yerevan Free
Human Rights House Yerevan humanrightshouse.org Human rights organization hrhyerevan@gmail.com Armenia Free
The Foundation Against the Violation of Law favl.am Human rights organization info@favl.am Armenia Free

 

Беларусь
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
Human Rights Center “Viasna” spring96.org Human rights +375 (29) 841 39 81 pierasled@spring96.org Belarus Free
Advisory Center on Current International Practices and Their Implementation in the Law “Human Constanta” humanconstanta.by Migrant rights +375 29 370 4556 (Brest region), +375 44 562 38 42 (Minsk and other regions) info@humanconstanta.by Belarus Free
Identity and Law Initiative Group identitylaw.org Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes; discrimination at work and in health care office@identitylaw.org Belarus Free
Community Center communitycentre.by Support center for LGBTQ+ people and their loved ones. The main activities are psychological and legal support. info@communitycentre.by Belarus Legal support is free.  Psychological support groups are offered on a paid basis; one free psychological counseling session.
Andrei Zavalei Consultant; contacts with human rights advocates; has personal contacts with psychologists and media, provides referrals delopi.by@gmail.com Belarus Free
National Human Rights Public Association “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” belhelcom.org Professional lawyers offer human rights consultations +37517 222 48 00 office@belhelcom.org Belarus Free
Igor Stepanov vstrecha.by Lawyer, LGBT rights +375 (17) 289-57-18 Vitebsk Basic consultations are free, more extended consultations are offered on a paid basis
Belarusian Public Association “Positive Movement” pmplus.by Support center for people with drug addiction problems in Minsk offers consultations of social workers, lawyers, drug counselor, psychologist, infectious disease doctors +375 29 122-18-18 movement.plus@gmail.com Belarus Free
Republican Youth Public Association “Vstrecha” vstrecha.by Support of HIV+ MSM, counseling 375 (17) 289-57-18 info@vstrecha.by Mogilev, Grodno, Gomel, Brest, Vitebsk, Lida, Svetlogorsk, Bobruisk, Mozyr, Orsha, Zhlobin, Polotsk Free

 

Грузия
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
NGO “Equality Movement” equality.ge Legal aid to LGBTI persons 995 593 722 112 info@equality.ge Georgia Free
Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG) women.ge Legal aid to LGBTI persons 9 950 322 371 415 info@women.ge Georgia Free
Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) emc.org.ge  Legal aid to LGBTI persons (organization works on other vulnerable groups/minorities as well) 9 950 322 233 706 emcrightspr@gmail.com Georgia Free
Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association gyla.ge  Legal aid to LGBTI persons (organization works on other vulnerable groups/minorities as well) 9 950 322 995 076 gyla@gyla.ge Georgia Free
Georgian Democracy Initiative gdi.ge Legal aid to LGBTI persons (organization works on other vulnerable groups/minorities as well) 9 950 322 728 008 info@gdi.ge Georgia Free
Article 42 of the Constitution article42.ge Legal aid to LGBTI persons (organization works on other vulnerable groups/minorities as well) 9 950 322 998 856 office@article42.ge Georgia
Human Rights Center hridc.org  Legal aid to LGBTI persons (organization works on other vulnerable groups/minorities as well) 9 950 322 384 648 hridc@hridc.org Georgia Free
Nino Bolkvadze Lawyer (individual entity) Legal aid to LGBTI persons (Tbilisi) 995 591 666 333 ninobolkvadze77@gmail.com Tbilisi, Georgia Free
Казахстан
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
AIDS Foundation East-West in Kazakhstan afew.kz MSM, PLHIV 7 727 244-69-62 / 63 info@afew.kz Kazakhstan free

 

Кыргызстан
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
Positive Dialog NGO / Muhaye Abduraupova (+Anara Sydykova and Arsen Ambaryan) Advocacy, human rights, protection in police and in courts, torture,  unlawful detention 555261557 m.abduraupova@gmail.com Osh and Osh region – Aravan, Kara-Su, Naukat, Uzgen free
Valentina Gritsenko Advocacy, torture, unlawful detention, human rights, legal support in police and in courts djutkir@gmail.com Jalal-Abad and Jalal-Abad region free
Kyrgyz Indigo / Adilet Alimkulov indigo.kg Advocacy, torture, unlawful detention, human rights, legal support in police and in courts 559677766 a.alimkulov@indigo.kg Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan free
Kyrgyz Indigo / Nadira Masiumova indigo.kg Street lawyer, emergency community response group 703831888 nadira.masiumova@gmail.com Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan free
Kyrgyz Indigo /  Nurgazy Ernazarov indigo.kg Street lawyer, emergency community response group 553830923 nur_ng_88@mail.ru Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan free
Bakyt Avtandil uulu Licensed attorney, LGBT rights protection in courts, legal counseling 555950909 bkavtandil@gmail.com Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan free
Yug-Antilopa Initiative Group / Mamir Zakirov Documenter, street lawyer 550000358 yug.antilopa@gmail.com Osh, Kyrgyzstan free
Ulan Osmankulov Documenter 553610816 osulor1811@gmail.com Talas, Kyrgyzstan free
Crane’s Cry (Krik zhuravlya) Shelter for HIV+ men, women, children and their family members.  Psychosocial support of PLH and their families. Peer counseling, self-help groups, awareness raising activities. 322 250 547 azizakurbanova@mail.ru Osh free
Podruga Legal support for sex workers: legal counseling, defense, support, renewal of personal documents, educational workshops on legal issues for sex workers 555613538 podruga_osh@mail.ru Osh free

 

Республика Македония
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
Stronger Together – Association for support of people living with HIV / Sanja Jovanovik facebook.com/ZaednoPosilni Action for better life and respect of dignity to people living with HIV in R. Macedonia through promotion of social justice, participatory democracy, protection of human rights, equality, non-discrimination and the rule of law. 389 2 3129 200 sanja_jovanovik@hotmail.com Skopje, R. Macedonia free
HOPS-Healthy Options Project Skopje / Hajdi Sterjova Simonovik hops.org.mk/en Promotion, respect and protection of the human rights and freedoms towards improvement of health and socioeconomic status of all people, especially drug users, sex workers and other marginalized groups, based on the principles of harm reduction, by equal access to services, community strengthening, capacity building, research, analyses and advocacy. 389 70 400 096  hajdis@hops.org.mk Skopje, R. Macedonia free
LGBTI Support Center / Ljubomir Faizor (office manager) lgbti.mk Providing free legal aid and psycho-social support to LGBTI persons, organizing support groups, trainings on transgender issues etc., offering temporary stay at Safe House to LGBTI victims of violence 0800 66 66 6 (free emergency line), 02 3256 174 (office) info@lgbti.mk Skopje, R. Macedonia free
Macedonian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights /  Ms. Sanja Barlakovska (office manager) mhc.org.mk Protection and promotion of human rights and freedoms, offering free legal aid to victims of human rights violation among which discrimination, torture, hate crimes and speech 389 2 3119 073 helkom@mhc.org.mk Skopje, R. Macedonia free
Coalition MARGINS / Dragana Drndarevska coalition.org.mk LGBTI, Sex Workers, HIV and People who use drugs.
Discrimination, health rights, human rights activities, human rights,
police and court protection, torture, unlawful detention, hate crimes, hate speech, legal gender recognition .
389 78 200 675; 389 2 3214 269 koalicijaszpmz@gmail.com, natasa.boskova@gmail.com Skopje, Republic of Macedonia free
H.E.R.A. – Health Education and Research Association / Ms. Rosana Janevska hera.org.mk The HERA strives to fulfil the basic human right of all women, men and young people to receive right information and have appropriate access to high quality confidential services in order to make free and informed choices regarding sexuality, prevention, care and treatment of sexually transmittable infections and HIV, including full respect of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and their close ones, contraception, safe and legal abortion, sexual and reproductive rights. 389 (0)2 3290 395 rosana.janevska@hera.org.mk Skopje, R. Macedonia free

 

Молдова, Республика
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
GENDERDOK-M Information Center gdm.md LGBT organization, human rights, community activities, health issues info@gdm.md Moldova Free if the offence is committed on the grounds of homo/bisexual orientation or transgender identity and gender non-conformity

 

Россия
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
Russian LGBT Network lgbtnet.org LGBT rights 8-800-555-08-68 Hotline  legalhelp@lgbtnet.org Russia Free
Stimul NGO msk-stimul.eu Legal counseling for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and their relatives 7 495 968 35 63
Hotline
8 800 555 84 88
info@msk-stimul.eu Moscow Free
Transgender Legal Defense Project pravo-trans.eu Trans Rights (gender marker change and interaction with doctors on transition issues, family rights, confidentiality of transgender transition, discrimination based on gender identity, hate crimes). pravo.trans@gmail.com Russia Free
Avers LGBT Movement avers-samara.com LGBT rights 79171443910 apalenova@gmail.com,
low@lgbt63.com
Samara Free
Edinstvo NGO edinstvo1.narod.ru Therapeutic communities, HIV 79277372484 svche@yandex.ru Samara Counseling is free, complaint – 500, lawsuit -1000, representation in court/other institution – 2000
Anton Macintosh, T-action t-action-team.org Trans rights  anton.macintosh@gmail.com St. Petersburg Free
Life4me+ (EECA branch) Life4me+ app HIV+ rights 7 499 654 04 55 contact@life4me.plus Russia Free
“Memorial” Human Rights Center memohrc.org Legal counseling,
support in drafting legal documents, representation in courts, support in filing complaints to international courts
74952253118, 79160610500 coordinator@memohrc.org Russia Free
Agora International Human Rights Group Legal counseling,
support in drafting legal documents,
representation in courts and in relations with governmental institutions and other entities,
support in international human rights activities
7 (903) 621 96 27 nurik.sharapov@gmail.com Moscow Free
Lawyers for Equal Rights Initiative equality.su Legal counseling,
support in drafting legal documents,
representation in courts and in relations with governmental institutions and other entities,
support in international human rights activities
kareliamax@yandex.ru St. Petersburg (personal/distance/e-support), Russia (distance/e-support) Free
Rakurs NGO  LGBT organization 7 (902) 504 49 19 rakurslegalaid@gmail.com ; alexiskuroptev@gmail.com Arkhangelsk Free
Anna Plyusnina LGBT legal counseling 7 (904) 985 13 76 rcenterekb@gmail.com Yekaterinburg First consultation is free

 

Таджикистан
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
Bureau for Human Rights +992 37 210514 / 21-08-28 Tajikistan
Pamira Association of Lawyers 9 928 352 226 522 Hogor
League of Women Lawyers of Tajikistan  (992 372) 221-13-33, 221-21-49 Tajikistan
Tajikistan Association of Lawyers (992 372) 221-27-38 Tajikistan
Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law (992 372) 221-27-38 bhr.taj@gmail.com Tajikistan
Himoya Law Firm (+992 37) 885 – 58 – 55 Dushanbe
Society and Law (35222)2-38-92; (35222) 2-23-32 Tajikistan
Gulruhsor Women’s Center 6-05-10, 6-70-61 Khujand
Equal Opportunities Hotline: +992 919292424 / 378805880 equalopportunities.tj@gmail.com Tajikistan
Human Rights Center / Zebo Kasimova 992 918 500 004 Tajikistan
Украина
Organization Web-site Specialization Phone Number E-mail City Service Costs
Nash Mir (“Our World”) Center gay.org.ua/ LGBT human rights center  38 (095) 273-03-09 coordinator@gay.org.ua Ukraine Free
HUMAN RIGHTS BUREAU «WE ARE!» facebook.com/bureauweare Human Rights Organization 38 (044) 5993142 bureau.we.are@gmail.com Kyiv Free
Koblikov Ihor facebook.com/koblikov.attorney Lawyer 38 (044) 3370657 i.koblikov@gmail.com Kyiv Free