Asylum seekers in the United Kingdom can search for a legal aid solicitor on the Law Society’s website.
Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by United Kingdom.
Legal aid is available for legal advice to anyone living in the UK or abroad who qualifies financially. For representation in court, legal aid is more restricted and is granted only if a case has more than a 50% chance of success.
You can check your eligibility for legal aid here.
For more information on legal aid in the UK, see http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/.
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ROOM FOR REFUGEES
Room for Refugees is a hosting service for refugees initiated by Positive Action in Housing in 2003. This service allows caseworkers to assist refugees and make fast online referrals. It also provide refugees with temporary housing all over the United Kingdom. While refugees wait to regularise their status, this initiative offers them shelter and spiritual support. It also aims to reinforce lifelong bonds between human beigns.
More than 3,600 people in the UK have already been registered to collaborate with this service. Regarding caseworkers, 152 professionals from different organisations such the British Red Cross, Refugee Council and other refugee and homelessness entities have also agree to asssist in this project.
This service can make the difference in hundreds of refugees' lives:
people affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.
unacompanied minor refugees.
refugees seeking asylum in the UK who are in risk of destitution.
long-term refugees excluded from the society.
To register in Room for Refugees, click on the following link: www.paih.org/host-a-refugee and fill in the online form. Registrations are available in Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Western Europe and the United States. A list of clients is automatically provided and caseworkers get a personal account to contact concrete participants.
All referrals are assessed and those refugees with history of criminality, violence or substance abuse are directly excluded from the program. In turn, controls are also run to refugee hosts. Criminal backgrounds are checked and disclousure certificates are required.
ANTI-FGM/C ORGANISATIONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
28 Too Many
28 Too Many is a values based charity that seeks to eradicate FGM/C in the 28 African countries where it is still practised. The charity works at community level, mapping best practices and collecting key data across communities, countries and Africa. As well as creating vital and workable networks across education, governments, activists and health, the charity’s ultimate goal is to create a domino effect to end FGM/C in Africa and the diaspora permanently. 28 Too Many has resources and country of origin information on FGM/C in the 28 African countries in which it is practised and the diaspora, and various other resources, papers etc., see http://28toomany.org/fgm-resources/country-profiles/.
African Well Women’s Clinic
Tel: +44 207 188 6872
Email: comfort [dot] momohgstt [dot] nhs [dot] uk
FGM National Clinical Group
Tel: +44 (0)779 146 2415
Email: infofgmnationalgroup [dot] org
Conceived in 2007, the FGM National Clinical Group are a UK-based registered charity dedicated to working with women who have been affected by FGM and other related difficulties.
Completely independent and unfunded, we are committed to improving the lives of women and their daughters who are at risk of FGM via coordinated clinical networks and research.
As a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals, advisors and academia, we have previously hosted two thematic conferences and in 2010, launched a FGM resource film intended for specialists in the associated disciplines.
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Suite 2.1, Chandelier Building, 8 Scrubs Lane, London, NW10 6RB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8960 4000
Email: forwardforwarduk [dot] org [dot] uk
FORWARD is an organisation that has been working on FGM in the UK and Africa for 30 years. They provide training designed to share this expertise, equipping educators, health professionals and other frontline staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond appropriately and effectively to both affected and at risk women and girls. FORWARD also works in the UK, Europe and Africa to safeguard girls at risk of FGM and support women affected through direct community engagement, advocacy and strategic partnerships.
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Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH
NSPCC FGM helpline: 0800 028 3550
Email: helpnspcc [dot] org [dot] uk
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is the leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening. People can call the above helpline for information, support and to report concerns they may have about a child who has had, or is at risk of having, FGM/C carried out.
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The Foundry, 17-19 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR
Tel: +44 20 3752 5505
Email: infoorchidproject [dot] org
Orchid Project is a charity with a vision of a world free from FGM/C. They work to shape the dialogue around FGM/C and advocate for prioritisation of the issue, communicate the scale and impact of FGM/C and how it is ending and support the efforts of organisations working towards abandonment in practising countries. Orchid Project relies on fundraising and its small team networks with other charities, non-profits and organisations to create effective change.
Oxford Against Cutting
Oxford Against Cutting is a rights-based group working to help prevent female genital mutilation (FGM) of girls and women living in Oxfordshire. Their mission is to raise awareness, share information and develop projects to empower young people to champion anti-FGM initiatives.
The Maya Centre, Dahlia Project
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The Maya Centre, Unit 8, 9-15 Elthorne Road, London, N19 4AJ
Tel: 0207 2781 8970
Email: Adminmayacentre [dot] org [dot] uk
Dahlia’s Project is a support group for women who have undergone FGM/C. The project aims to provide a safe space for women and girls to unpack the effects of FGM/C.
LGBTI ORGANISATIONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Persian LGBT Advisory Services
Tel: +44 (0)8 44 77 21 985
Fax: +44 30 01 22 20 43
UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG)
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner. Its asylum related activities include supporting LGBT asylum seekers by providing support and information via their helpline and in person; referring to solicitors; organising a monthly support meeting; visiting detention centres and running other social support projects. It also provides training and information on LGBT asylum issues to relevant service providers in the refugee and LGBT community, solicitors and other legal advisers, UKBA staff and the judiciary.