La Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR; Spanish Committee for Refugee Assistance) is an independent volunteer organization; it has over 600 volunteers in Spain, of different ages and educational levels. The main purpose of CEAR is to defend refugee rights and to ensure respect for the asylum rights of people who have been forced to flee their homeland for reasons related to politics, religion, ethnicity or their social group.
CEAR members become involved in conflict resolution, inform the public of instances of social injustice and human rights violations, and support and initiate activities to strengthen peace and democracy. The organization’s tasks include giving legal advice, securing welfare aid through its information and orientation program, giving free Spanish lessons, organizing free-time activities, offering psychological care and employment assistance, translating, running educational campaigns through the media, documenting human rights violations, promoting volunteer work, and helping refugees in economic distress.
CEAR maintains contact with other organizations involved in European programs for refugees, such as the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the European Social Action Network (ESAN).