EVAM works in partnership with the students of the Legal Clinic of the Catholic University of Louvain. Initiated in 2019 by the director of the Clinic and Professor of Law Sylvie Sarolea, this partnership focuses on the writing of research studies whose subjects deal with the theme of violence against migrants. The Clinic has the particularity of working alongside Non-Governmental Organizations whose mandate relates to the themes of academic research work. This allows students to approach their subject with an interesting practical approach.
While the students carry out in-depth research, including in the field, EVAM provides them guidelines for further study thanks to its expertise. The main objective of this partnership is to allow a better understanding of the legal context of migration, particularly regarding the violence perpetrated against migrants. The subjects chosen will focus on the school integration of migrant children, migrants trafficking, the impact of the COVID-19 on asylum in Belgium and finally, access to justice for migrants.
Not only does the production of these studies contribute to the global effort to document situations of violence against migrants, but it also gives EVAM the opportunity to explore new fields of action in order to expand the initiative. Indeed, these studies will serve to pass the first step of the EVAM methodology that aims to identify harmful situations affecting migrants.