People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP)
PASSOP is a community-based, non-profit human rights organisation devoted to protecting and fighting for the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants in South Africa. They also advocate on behalf of LGBTI refugees and confront homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia throughout South Africa.
Why PASSOP Exists
Millions of immigrants live in South Africa. Estimates range between two to five million, with the most vulnerable being asylum seekers, refugees, and undocumented immigrants. These vulnerable people constitute the largest share of the immigrant population. The fact that such a large share of the immigrant population in South Africa is undocumented is in part a result of huge backlogs, poor management, corruption, and a lack of resources at Refugee Reception Centers. An incoherent immigration policy has compounded these issues.
Undocumented immigrants are acutely vulnerable. Their lack of representation in civil society and community activism leaves them with tenuous access to education, healthcare, labour rights, shelter, and other basic human rights. They are among the most easily exploited individuals in South Africa and are often victims of hate crimes and xenophobic aggression. They fight for the rights of this acutely marginalized group of people.
A society devoid of injustice, prejudice, and discrimination, where people are whole, free, and confident in all aspects of their diversity.
They seek to provide a voice for the voiceless – to empower immigrant and refugee communities through activism, community participation, integration, and education. They believe that the struggle of immigrants and refugees is a global one, and they seek to build international solidarity around issues affecting migration, documentation status, and refugee rights.See more