Since the 1970’s Anita D’Orazio has started several long-lived organisations, which have helped thousands of asylum seekers and refugees living in hiding in Sweden. She is still active in a number of these organisations, as a member of boards and a volunteer.
In 1973, the Chilekommittén in Lidingö was formed. This is a solidarity movement for refugees from Latin America.
In 1986, together with individual asylum seeking refugees from various countries (including Uganda, Iran, Chile), Anita established the Asylkommittén i Stockholm (the Asylum Committee in Stockholm). This is an umbrella organisation working to safeguard the right to asylum.
The organisation has more recently moved towards providing economic support to rejected asylum seekers and undocumented migrants who are attending the Läkare i Världen clinic for legal advice. In this work, children and families with children, whose cases are judged to stand a chance in the legal process/process of Appeal, are specifically prioritized. The work is undertaken by the Human Rights group (‘the MR’-group), which consists of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers as well as lawyers, who are looking at the legal and medical files in detail.
In 1986, Anita also started the Fristadsrörelsen (the Sanctuary Movement), this is a voluntary organisation working with fundraising for housing for refugees who are living in hiding in Sweden. The organisation is still active and provides housing assistance to single women with children who are come to the Läkare i Världen’s clinic.
In 1988, Anita was one of the initiators in forming the organisation FARR (the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups, The Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups, which was created to provide an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of experiences amongst those working to strengthen the right to asylum.
In 1995, The Fristadsfonden (the Sanctuary Fund) was founded by the Left Party in Sweden. Since this time, Anita has been a case worker and secretary for this organisation. Through generous donations from members and sympathizers within the Left Party, the Fristadsfonden is providing financial assistance to pay for expert legal advice for asylum seekers who, despite strong reasons for asylum, have been rejected on their applications for asylum in Sweden. Fristadsfonden can also fund appeals to the European Court of Human Rights for individual cases following in-depth assessment, or complaints to The Committee Against Torture in Geneva (CAT).
On 7th May 1995, Anita, together with two medical doctors, started the Läkare i Världen (Médecins du Monde Suède/ Doctors of the World Sweden) secret medical clinic in Stockholm. The medical clinic was open for refugees with HIV and TB and who were at risk of deportation and who were also rejected health care within the mainstream Swedish health care system. The clinic, which is still running, is open one evening per week and offers health care as well as legal advice and psychosocial support. More information about the medical clinic.
In 2009, Anita and colleagues started the network, Etikkommissionen i Sverige (the Ethics Commission in Sweden). This network was officially registered as an organisation in 2011.
The Etikkommissionen i Sverige was established with the purpose to act as a human rights witness organisation to safeguard the right to asylum. The organisation collaborates with researchers in researching aspects of the asylum seeking process. One example is the collaborative research undertaken with Dr Karin Johansson Blight, whose publications can be found at Independent Academia.