The Ara Trust was registered on February 20, 2013, with the primary objective of operating as a centre for the study of refugee law and forced migration. The organisation gets its name from the Latin word "Ara" which means "shelter". The organisation is registered under Sections 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Ara is a woman-led organisation and has an all-woman staff. Its primary objective is to adopt innovative methods to expand the protection space available for forced migrants and refugees in India.