• 2020 Project

    Legal Representation

    Started in February 2013, the project pioneered legal representation for refugees seeking asylum before the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in India. Through the project, M.A.P has infused Rule of Law norms in the asylum process, securing every refugee’s right to a fair hearing. 
  • 2020 Project

    Legal Awareness on SGBV

    A first-of-its-kind legal empowerment initiative that strives for the meaningful inclusion of refugee women and girls in India's justice systems. Under the project, in 2017, M.A.P analysed India’s anti-GBV laws in the refugee context and is currently disseminating this information to refugee women and girls through counselling sessions and simplified pamphlets in refugee languages.

  • 2018-19 Project

    Financial Inclusion

    Financial inclusion is central to reducing inequalities in any society. India’s landmark demonetization policy has deeply impacted the marginalised, particularly refugees. M.A.P is running a targeted financial inclusion program to ensure that refugees are brought into the economic mainstream. 

  • 2018 Project

    ATIQA - Livelihoods 

    Atiqa, which means "antique" in Farsi, is a livelihoods project for Afghan refugee women. It seeks to preserve and promote traditional hand embroidery from their homeland, an art that has been severely impacted due to decades of war, while providing a safe space for their creative expression. The project is currently training these women to set up a community-led enterprise to reach out to local connoisseurs. 

  • 2018-19 Project

    Digital Storytelling

    M.A.P is currently collaborating with the University of York for a multi-jurisdictional research project to understand the impact of legal engagement for refugees. The project adopts the innovative reporting format of digital story-telling, allowing refugees a therapeutic outlet while giving them control of their own narratives. 

M.A.P, under the auspices of its parent organisation, The Ara Trust, was established on February 20, 2013. It is registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010, and under Sections 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. M.A.P is a women-led organisation with an all-woman management.


M.A.P is India’s first and only refugee law centre. It aims to adopt innovative methods to expand the protection space available for forced migrants and refugees, mainly women and children, through programmes focusing on four thematic areas: legal empowerment, women & girls in conflict, research & policy, and advocacy & outreach.