For 20 years, OPU, a non-governmental and non-profit organization, has been providing help to refugees and foreigners in the Czech Republic.
During its first years of existence, OPU primarily focused on people who had been persecuted in their home countries for being part of a specific social group, for political, ethnical, religious or racial reasons, or on those foreigners who were granted asylum and temporary protection. Today OPU provides assistance to third-country nationals and migrants in distress. The organization has offices in Praha, Brno, Ceske Budejovice and Plzen.
OPU provides free legal and social assistance for foreigners in distress (victims of exploitation, human trafficking, homeless foreigners or foreigners in detention). We are the only organization in the Czech Republic with team of experts assisting unaccompanied underage foreigners. One of our services of resettlement is “Half Way House“ - a social service for clients who reached the legal age. We open educational programs for the public and professionals to prevent extremism and discrimination of foreigners, minorities and ethnic groups. We run development projects supported by international projects in refugees' home countries.
OPU counselors provide their services at the OPU office in Prague every work day. Moreover, our staff regularly visits asylum centers and detention centers to help asylum seekers solve their legal and other problems. We also organize free-time activities for asylum seekers living in asylum centers.
Our further activities comprise educational programs for university students which aim to train future professionals in legal and social work with refugees and migrants. OPU representatives also give multicultural lectures focusing on racism and xenophobia prevention in elementary and secondary schools.