The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe)
The AIRE Centre’s objective is to promote awareness of European law rights and assist marginalised individuals and those in vulnerable circumstances to assert those rights. The Centre provides specialist written advice to lawyers or other agencies in the voluntary sector and, in a few specific cases, may advise individuals directly. Members of the team meet with national and European bodies, policy makers and decision takers; litigate before the European Court of Human Rights and intervene in cases before the domestic courts. The AIRE Centre also carries out training and drafts reports and other publications.
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Club Union House, 253-254 Upper Street, London N1 1RY
ATLeP – Anti Trafficking Legal Project
ATLeP is a network of solicitors, barristers and specialist practitioners who advise, represent and support victims of trafficking and other vulnerable people in the UK. Set up to share expertise, exchange resources and help develop good practice within the legal and welfare sectors in assisting vulnerable clients, ATLeP provides comprehensive legal training on gender and trafficking issues and maintains a website of materials to support casework and practice.
Bail for Immigration Detainees
1b Finsbury Park Road, London N4 2LA
Fax: 0203 745 5226
Email for general enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email for bail casework: email@example.com
British Afghan Women’s Society
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Room 4, Community House, 311 Fore Street, London, N9 0PZ
Tel: +44 (0)2 08 37 36 373/50
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Coram Children’s Legal Centre
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Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Coram Community Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ
Tel: +44 (0)207 713 0089
Fax: +44 (0)1 20 68 77 963
Migrant Children’s Project
The Migrant Children’s Project offers free initial legal advice on all issues affecting migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children, young people and families including: immigration, asylum and nationality law, support and accommodation, age assessment, education, work and training, and health care.
Croydon Migrant Solidarity
We are a group supporting refugees and migrants and fighting against racism and repression in the Croydon area. We are all volunteers and receive no funding from the government or businesses. We believe in freedom of movement for all, not just the rich and privileged.
We are not solicitors and do not provide advice. However, we can provide information on the asylum and immigration process, particularly if you wish to claim asylum.
We are based in Croydon, not far from the UK Border Agency offices.
Embrace UK Community Support Centre
Embrace UK Community Support Centre provides advice and information on housing, immigration and welfare rights, advocacy services for women, minors and unaccompanied young people, and information, advice and counselling on any health related issues. They also provide business support and organise cultural activities including Amharic and English lessons.
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Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group
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225 Three Bridges Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1LG
Tel: (+44) (0)1 29 34 34 350
DETAINEES FREEFONE: +44 (0)8 00 38 94 367 (The telephone number for Tinsley House is: +44 (0)1 29 34 34 800)
Fax: (+44) (0)1 29 34 34 351
The Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group was set up in 1995 when the UK Immigration Service began to detain people at a small holding centre near Gatwick Airport. The following year, Tinsley House Detention Centre was built. GDWG’s volunteers visit and befriend asylum seekers and immigration detainees at Tinsley House and Brook House. The group believes that each detainee has a right to be treated with respect and compassion, whatever the outcome of their case, and work to improve conditions, inform policy and challenge negative images of asylum seekers. They network with other organisations who help detainees, such as the Association for Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), and are participating members of the Asylum Rights Campaign.
Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC)
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8 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0PD
Tel: +44 (0)20 8985 5236
Fax: +44 (0)20 8533 2018
The Hackney Migrant Centre
St. Mary’s New Church Rooms, Spensley Walk (off Stoke Newington Church Street) London N16 9ES
Tel: +44 (0)7 50 43 32 706
Email: infohackneymigrantcentre [dot] org [dot] uk
The Hackney Migrant Centre, which opened in April 2008, provides advice services through partnership arrangements with visiting professionals from different agencies. Their immigration advisors come from Refugee and Migrant Justice. Their welfare/housing advice comes from the Undocumented Migrants Advice Project run by Praxis. The Hackney Migrant Centre also has a lawyer from the College of Law who offers her services on a pro-bono basis. Additionally, the Hackney Migrant Centre offers weekly drop-in for advice and social activities, medical advice and help in accessing NHS health services, as well as a nutritious meal and English classes.
The Helen Bamber Foundation
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Bruges Place, 15-20 Baynes Street (Entrance is via Randolph Street), London NW1 0TF
Tel: +44 (0)2 03 05 82 020
Fax: +44 (0)2 03 05 82 050
The Helen Bamber Foundation is a human rights charity based in London that provides therapeutic care, medical consultation, legal protection and practical support to survivors of human rights violations.
Lambeth Law Centre
Lambeth Law Centre enables local people in Lambeth and the surrounding areas to understand their legal rights and enforce them. Through our work we aim to achieve social change for a fairer and more equal society. They provide advice and assistance with 1) Applying for asylum, 2) Asylum and Article 3 appeals, and 4) Fresh asylum claims. They can also take on certain cases involving domestic violence and for victims of trafficking, whilst providing some, more limited, advice on immigration and nationality.
Migrant Legal Action (formerly the Afro-Asian Advisory Service)
The telephone number for general enquires can be called Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00pm.
The Advice Line can be called Monday – Friday from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm where you can discuss your asylum, nationalist and immigration matter with a caseworker.
The organisation usually sees clients Monday – Friday between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm strictly by appointment only.
Migrant Legal Action was formely known as the Afro-Asian Advisory Service as it was established in 1978 to help East-African Asians who arrived to the United Kingdom as evacuees. Since then they have expanded and they help people of all nationalities. They provide services such as: free, independent advice and representation on matters relating to nationality law and immigration directly to members of the public and a support and a referral service to other suitable agencies should an individual require more specialist advice. They have also given advice on matters relating nationality law and immigration for local Members of Parliament for the benefit of their constituents.
The Migrants’ Law Project
The Migrants’ Law Project is a legal and public legal education project, hosted by Islington Law Centre, which aims to improve the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers through the use of public law. The MLP provides legal advice and support to organisations working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and aims to enable those organisations, through advice and training, to negotiate more effectively with the government and other relevant public bodies.
PAIWAND Refugee Community Organisation
Praxis Community Projects
Praxis provides advice, support & signposting to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants seeking protection in the UK. We do not currently provide legal aid advice and cannot legally represent clients at initial or appeal stages, but will refer to a legal advisor wherever possible and appropriate. We see clients in pre-booked one-to-one immigration advice slots every Friday morning, 10am-1pm (to call for an appointment: tel: 020 7729 7985), and offer phone advice on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm (tel: 020 7749 7608), undertake ongoing casework by appointment, and also offer a range of groupwork sessions and activities dealing with particular issues. These appointment slots can be booked up to a month in advance directly by clients – all we need is their full name and contact details. An advisor will then contact them in advance of their appointment for further information. Additionally, weekly drop-in advice and form-filling sessions in Tower Hamlets will take place on Thursdays from 10 am to 12.30pm.
REDRESS is a human rights organisation that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparations. REDRESS works at multiple levels of intervention, directly with survivors of torture, but also at the grassroots, national and international levels. REDRESS has a double route for getting involved with cases of torture. Firstly, victims, local NGOs or others get in touch directly about specific cases and REDRESS either takes action itself or refers the case to others if deemed necessary. Secondly, REDRESS, through its partnerships with local NGOs in a number of countries (e.g., Peru, DRC, Rwanda, Sudan, AHRC based out of Hong Kong, and Nepal), develops strategies in collaboration with its partners to assist each other with cases of torture and related international crimes.
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The Old Fire Station, 150 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8SB
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 65 47 700
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 65 40 696
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (This email address should only be used if your local Refugee Action office cannot deal with your enquiry or if your enquiry is an agency-wide matter)
Refugee Council UK
240-250 Ferndale Road, Brixton, London
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 34 66 700
The Refugee Council offers free advice and information to refugees and asylum seekers. The Refugee Council can advise on entitlements and the meaning of laws, but cannot give legal advice or representation. However, the Refugee Council can refer clients to qualified legal representatives. Special services are offered for children and unaccompanied minors, as are training programmes and resettlement services.
Refugee Women’s Association (RWA)
The RWA aims to empower Refugee Women through 1) Providing advice and guidance on education, training, employment, health and social care, Immigration Level 1, housing, welfare benefits, DV etc…2) Disseminating quality information on issues which matter to them, 3) Organising culturally sensitive customised training programmes, 4) Influencing/Lobbying policy makers, 5) Being committed to refugee women – being consistent and clear about our service provision, not diluting our principles of support to refugee women, and 6) Involving them in our activities at different levels. They also refer or signpost clients to other services when necessary. They work in partnetship with other commnuity organisations including partners from Europe (when running transnational projects).
Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership
REAP works with other agencies to provide advice and support services for refugees, asylum seekers, their communities and organisations that support them. Databases of resources for refugees including the directory refugee support services in London.
Still Human Still Here
Still Human Still Here is a broad coalition of organisations that are campaigning together to bring to an end the destitution of refused asylum seekers in the UK by improving the quality of the decision making process, extending asylum support and healthcare until the time of departure from the UK or their grant of leave to remain and granting asylum seekers permission to work if their cases have not been resolved in six months or if they have been refused but cannot be returned through no fault of their own.
The Resource section (http://stillhumanstillhere.wordpress.com/resources/) contains the latest briefings and reports from the asylum sector including commentaries on UKBA COI Operational Guidance Notes. These commentaries aim to be a tool to allow legal representatives to identify relevant country of origin information and point to potential inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the use of country of origin information and case law in the OGNs.
Tower Hamlets Law Centre
The Tower Hamlets Law Centre provides free legal advice and assistance. Our services are available to those that live, work or study in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. We also have a range of legal advice and representation services for people living in other London Boroughs. We have a specific commitment to people on a low income and to assist in those areas of law where no Legal Help is available.