United Kingdom Pro Bono Directory

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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Nationwide Umbrella Organisations

Amnesty International – International Secretariat

Refugee and Migrant Rights Team
1 Easton Street London WC1X 0DW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7413 5500
Fax: +44 (0)20 7956 1157
 
Our goal is that all refugees and migrants should be treated with the dignity and respect that everyone is entitled, and our immigration and asylum systems should be fair and effective.We attempt to achieve this goal in a number of ways, including carrying out research into aspects of immigration and asylum policy and practice, developing proposals for improving those policies and practices and then promoting our proposals with the government, MPs and other opinion formers, and intervening in key court cases to ensure asylum decisions are made using the best available evidence on human rights conditions. Non pro-bono; listed by virtue of ECRE membership.
 

Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC)

Contact Persons: Liz Williams and Stephanie Huber
 
Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC) provides country reports to support individual asylum claims for use in representations to the Home Office, the UK Immigration and Asylum Chambers and to international refugee decision making bodies. ARC is staffed by human rights researchers and COI specialists. Its case-specific country of origin information (COI) research service is primarily fee-paying, but ARC may be able to undertake pro bono COI research for NGOs with limited funds who provide free services to refugees. ARC also provides country specific and thematic COI research for UNHCR, publishes commentaries on UK Home Office Country Information and Guidance reports (and previously commentaries on the now discontinued Operational Guidance Notes), and commentaries on European Asylum Support Office (EASO) COI reports. ARC also undertakes research consultancy, project management and training to the asylum, immigration and human rights sector both in the UK and internationally. ARC further manages the international COI Forum which provides a platform for COI researchers and refugee status determination practitioners to share publications and ideas on COI research and sources, and to develop shared resources. ARC also provides a free bi-monthly COI Update, which contains notifications of new Home Office COI publications as well as recent publications and developments in the top countries of origin of asylum seekers in the UK. 
 

Asylum Rights Campaign

C/o Refugee Council, 3 Bondway, London SW8 ISJ
Tel: (20) 7820 3056
Fax: (20) 7820 3107
E-mail: contactatasylumrights [dot] org [dot] uk
 
ARC members believe that people seeking asylum should be treated justly with dignity and fairness. The current debate and treatment of people seeking asylum is damaging not only for vulnerable individuals but for the fabric of our society. ARC functions as an information sharing network that informs the campaigning work of its members. It is also a forum for discussion with campaigning strategies in mind. ARC was set up in 1993 in order to co-ordinate and facilitate campaigning efforts of a number of organisations in response to the government's legislative attempts to restrict the right to asylum and curtail rights and entitlements of people seeking asylum already in the UK. Non pro-bono; listed by virtue of ECRE membership.
 

Asylum Support Appeal Project (ASAP)

www.asaproject.org
Tel: +44 (0)2 03 71 60 284 
Advice Line number: +44 (0)2 03 71 60 283
Fax: +44 (0)2 03 71 60 272

ASAP is a charity working across the UK with the aim of reducing destitution amongst asylum seekers by protecting their legal rights to food and shelter. ASAP carries out three types of work: (1) Free legal representation and advice to asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers appealing against the Home Office decisions to refuse or withdraw their housing, financial subsistence, or both. (2) Asylum support advice and training to frontline organisations, advice agencies and legal practitioners working with asylum seekers. They provide a range of training options and operate an Advice Line. (3) Policy, lobbying and litigation to improve policies and procedures on asylum support. Please note that ASAP does not give immigration advice and ASAP is unable to give advice to individual asylum seekers. If you need advice about your immigration status please contact a regulated advisor. To find your nearest regulated immigration adviser please click here. If you are an asylum seeker and need advice about your housing or financial support from the Home Office you should go to your nearest advice agency and ask an adviser to contact them.

www.atlep.org.uk
C/O 1 Pump Court Temple, London, EC4Y 7AB
Email: infoatatlep [dot] org [dot] uk

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

http://www.biduk.org/
1b Finsbury Park Road, London N4 2LA
Tel: 020 7456 9750 (line open 10am to 12 noon Monday to Thursday - outside these times leave a message)
Fax: 0203 745 5226
Email for general enquiries: enquiriesatbiduk [dot] org 
Email for bail casework: caseworkatbiduk [dot] org
Detainees can post documents to BID for free using the following address: 
FREEPOST RTSU-ZJCB-XCSX Bail for Immigration Detainees, 1b Finsbury Park Road, London N4 2LA
 

Bail for Immigration Detainees’ vision is of a world in which there is no immigration detention.  While it exists it believes it should be judicially sanctioned and time-limited.  The organisation provides legal advice and representation to people held in prisons and detention centres under immigration powers to enable them to secure their release from detention and gathers evidence from its research and casework to influence detention policy and practice. 

Migrant Children's Project

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Email: mcpatcoramclc [dot] org [dot] uk
Migrant Children’s Project advice line: +44 (0)207 636 8505, line open 10:00-16:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

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.

Electronic Immigration Network

www.ein.org.uk/
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The Progress Centre, Charlton Place, Manchester  M12 6HS
Tel: +44 (0) 84 54 58 41 51
Email: infoatein [dot] org [dot] uk

EIN is a specialist provider of information on UK immigration and refugee law via the internet. EIN also contains information on immigration/asylum issues and caselaw from the EU and selected documents from other English-speaking jurisdictions. The Public Site contains general resources and links for asylum seekers and immigrants, students, journalists and others with an interest in immigration and asylum.

Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)

www.ilpa.org.uk
Lindsey House, 40-42 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6JN
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 25 18 383
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 25 18 384 
Email: infoatilpa [dot] org [dot] uk
 

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) is an advisory body for lawyers representing migrants and refugees in the UK and Europe. The ILPA provides specialist training on asylum and immigration law. The ILPA aims to promote and improve the advising and representing of immigrants.

www.legalservices.gov.uk/public/our_regional_network.asp

A list of firms that provide legal aid can be found on the Legal Services Commission website.

Medical Justice

www.medicaljustice.org.uk/
86 Durham Road, London N7 7DT
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 56 17 498
Fax: 08 45 05 29 370
Email: infoatmedicaljustice [dot] org [dot] uk

Medical Justice works predominantly with people being held in detention. They challenge instances of medical evidence produced by qualified medics being ignored by the UK Home office and immigration courts; challenge instances of medical findings by unqualified Home Office officials and immigration judges; and write medical legal reports. Referrals generally come to Medical Justice when all else has failed; the detainee’s legal representative cannot get legal aid funding to progress a case or finance a medical report, or has simply not attempted to get a medical report. They deal with medical abuse in detention, including denial of medication and treatment, access to hospital, testing and test results. They assess detainees’ injuries after an assault by guards in the detention centre, or in transit to other places of detention, or an airport. Medical Justice challenges the almost inevitable and detrimental gap between the negotiated policy change and how immigration detainees are actually treated in practice. The bulk of Medical Justice’s work is getting the Home Office to implement its own policies. 

http://www.aaas.org.uk/index.htm
53 Addington Square, London, SE5 7LB 
Tel: 0207 701 0141
Advice Line: 08456185385
Email: infoataaas [dot] org [dot] uk

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. 

REDRESS

www.redress.org/
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87 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HJ
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 79 31 777
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 79 31 719
Email: infoatredress [dot] org
Contact Person: Kevin Laue
Email: kevinatredress [dot] org

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.

Refugee Council UK

www.refugeecouncil.org.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. Find other Refugge Council Offices in the regions below.

Room for Refugees

For more information please go to www.roomforrefugees.com or www.paih.org 
Positive Action in Housing Ltd
Registered charity SC027577
Tel: 0141353220
 
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.  

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG)

www.uklgig.org.uk
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32-36 Loman Street, London, SE1 0EH
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 92 27 812
Helpline: +44 (0)2 07 92 27 811
Contact Person: Paul Dillane, Executive Director
Email: adminatuklgig [dot] org [dot] uk

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. The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group will ONLY respond to asylum queries of those who  are already in the UK. One can attend their monthly asylum legal meetings, where volunteer solicitors will be giving general advice about the asylum process and meet other LGBT asylum seekers as well as speak to the members of their staff in person. Alternatively, one can call their helpline at 020 7922 7811.

London

The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe)

www.airecentre.org
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Third Floor, 17 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4QH
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 83 14 276
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 40 47 760
Email: infoatairecentre [dot] org

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.

Asylum Aid

www.asylumaid.org.uk/pages/how_to_get_advice_from_asylum_aid.html
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Club Union House, 253-254 Upper Street, London N1 1RY
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 35 49 631 (Monday–Friday 09:30–17:30)
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 35 45 620
Email: infoatasylumaid [dot] org [dot] uk
Advice Line: +44 (0)2 07 35 49 264 (Tuesday 13:00-16:00)
The advice line offers free one-off advice to individual asylum seekers and organisations working with them.
 
Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity who work to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the United Kingdom from persecution and human rights abuses abroad. They provide free, accessible, high-quality legal services to asylum-seekers with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and excluded. They lobby government and campaign for an asylum system based on inviolable human rights principles, and work with refugee and other community-based organisations, helping to enhance their legal services and learn from their experiences.
 

www.atlep.org.uk
c/o 1 Pump Court Temple, London, EC4Y 7AB
Email: infoatatlep [dot] org [dot] uk

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

http://www.biduk.org/
1b Finsbury Park Road, London N4 2LA
Tel: 020 7456 9750 (line open 10am to 12 noon Monday to Thursday - outside these times leave a message)
Fax: 0203 745 5226
Email for general enquiries: enquiriesatbiduk [dot] org 
Email for bail casework: caseworkatbiduk [dot] org
Detainees can post documents to BID for free using the following address:
FREEPOST RTSU-ZJCB-XCSX Bail for Immigration Detainees, 1b Finsbury Park Road, London N4 2LA
 
Bail for Immigration Detainees’ vision is of a world in which there is no immigration detention.  While it exists it believes it should be judicially sanctioned and time-limited.  The organisation provides legal advice and representation to people held in prisons and detention centres under immigration powers to enable them to secure their release from detention and gathers evidence from its research and casework to influence detention policy and practice. 
 

British Afghan Women’s Society

www.britishafghanwomen.org/   
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Room 4, Community House, 311 Fore Street, London, N9 0PZ
Tel: +44 (0)2 08 37 36 373/50
Email: baws_ukatyahoo [dot] com or infoatbritishafghanwomen [dot] org
Contact Person: Ms Zarghona Rassa, Chairperson
 

British Afghan Women’s Society have two OISC registered advisors available to operate advice surgeries in various immigration and nationality issues. They also offer social support and training courses for employment in areas such as catering and child care.

www.childrenslegalcentre.com/
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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
Email: infoatcoramclc [dot] org [dot] uk

Migrant Children's Project

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Email: mcpatcoramclc [dot] org [dot] uk
Migrant Children’s Project advice line: +44 (0)207 636 8505, line open 10:00-16:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

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

www.croydonsolidarity.net
Email: croydonsolidarityatriseup [dot] net

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

www.embraceuk.org
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Selby Centre, Selby Road, London N17 8JL
Tel: +44 (0)2 08 80 19 224
Fax: +44 (0)2 08 80 10 244
Email: postatembraceuk [dot] org

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.

Freedom From Torture 

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111 Isledon Road, London, N7 7JW
Contact person: Jo Pettitt
Tel: +44 20 76 97 78 03
 
Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, is a UK-based organisation that has been working for 25 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in Britain, as well as to protect and promote their rights. 
 

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group

www.gdwg.org.uk/index.php
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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
Email: infoatgdwg [dot] org [dot] uk

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)

http://www.hclc.org.uk
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8 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0PD
Tel: +44 (0)20 8985 5236
Fax: +44 (0)20 8533 2018
Email: adminathclc [dot] org [dot] uk
 

HCLC is a charity employing solicitors and paralegals to provide free and independent legal advice and representation to people living, working or studying in the London Borough of Hackney and neighbouring boroughs. They offer advice and assistance with 1) Asylum claims, 2) Asylum support (NASS), 3) Asylum and human rights appeals, 4) Applications for further permission to remain in the UK, 5) Domestic violence, 6) Victims of trafficking, and 7) Judicial Review.

The Hackney Migrant Centre

www.hackneymigrantcentre.org.uk/
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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

www.helenbamber.org
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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
Email: receptionathelenbamber [dot] org

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

www.lambethlawcentre.org
UNIT 4, The Co-Op Centre, 11 Mowll Street, SW9 6BG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7840 2000
Email: adminatlambethlawcentre [dot] org

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. 

http://www.aaas.org.uk/index.htm
53 Addington Square, London, SE5 7LB 
Tel: 0207 701 0141
Advice Line: 08456185385
Email: infoataaas [dot] org [dot] uk
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

www.themigrantslawproject.org/
Islington Law Centre, 161 Hornsey Road, London, N7 6DU
Email: sonalgatislingtonlaw [dot] org [dot] uk or katiecatislingtonlaw [dot] org [dot] uk

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

Address: Afghan Association Paiwand
3rd Floor Middlesex House
130 College Road
Harrow
Middlesex
HA1 1BQ
Tel: 020 8905 8770
 
Paiwand is a registered charity and limited company founded in 2002. Paiwand exists to provide culturally appropriate services for refugee communities whose needs cannot be met by mainstream service providers. Paiwand works with refugees and migrants of all nationalities, not just Afghans. We respond to the health, social, cultural, educational and employment needs of community members, in particular those who are vulnerable and socially excluded. Although Paiwand was founded as an organisation aiming to serve the needs of London’s growing Afghan community, its services are now accessible to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants of any background.  
 
Unit CC01 Canterbury Court, Kennington Business Park, 1-3 Brixton Road, London SW9 6DE
Tel: +44 (0)207 840 7132
Telephone drop in service, 020 7735 2062 on Tuesdays 10am-12pm and Fridays 1pm-3pm.
Immigration and housing advice drop in at Eaves’ head office on Thursdays 2pm-5pm. 
 
Poppy Legal is a new initiative from Eaves under the umbrella of the Poppy Project. They are a team of women with extensive experience in providing legal advice to potential and recognised victims of trafficking. Poppy Legal works to increase legal understanding of trafficking through a variety of work: 1) Community drop ins offering free, confidential legal advice to women. 2) Telephone advice line to those unable to reach our drop ins. 3) Work to support other legal professionals through training, advocacy and strategic litigation. Poppy Legal also acts as a referral hub, referring victims of trafficking to legal professionals skilled in representing on issues including immigration, compensation, welfare, housing, and unlawful detention.
 

Praxis Community Projects

www.praxis.org.uk
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Pott Street, London E2 0EF
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 72 97 985
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 72 90 134
Email: adminatpraxis [dot] org [dot] uk

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 one-to-one at our daily drop-in advice service (10am-1pm and 2-4pm Mon-Fri), offer phone advice during the same hours (tel: 020 7729 7985) undertake ongoing casework by appointment, and also offer a range of groupwork sessions and activities dealing with particular issues.

REDRESS

www.redress.org/
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87 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HJ
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 79 31 777
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 79 31 719
Email: infoatredress [dot] org
Contact Person: Kevin Laue
Email: kevinatredress [dot] org

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.

Refugee Action

www.refugee-action.org.uk
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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: infoatrefugee-action [dot] org [dot] uk  (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)
ECRE member
 
Refugee Action provide support to asylum seekers and refugees at all stages of their application process and after. They provide a One Stop Service giving advice on access to asylum support, the asylum application process, welfare benefits, employment and housing. They also advise clients facing problems such as racial harassment, domestic violence and destitution. What they can help with: If you are an asylum seeker who has just arrived in the UK, they can offer advice on: Emergency accommodation if you are entitled to it; Applying for asylum support; Asylum Support Tribunal (AST) appeals; Referring you to a doctor. If you are an asylum seeker who is already receiving asylum support, they can offer advice on: Problems that may arise with your asylum support; Help with complaints about your accommodation; Local refugee/asylum seeker community organisations and support projects, or other organisations who can advise you; Referring you to a doctor; Appeal if your support is stopped by UKBA. What they can't help with: Immigration advice for migrants. If you are considering returning voluntarily to your country of origin, Refugee Action offers a confidential information, advice and support service through their Choices project. 
 

Refugee Council UK

www.refugeecouncil.org.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)

www.refugeewomen.org.uk
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Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7923 2412
Fax: +44 (0)20 7923 3929 
Email: infoatrefugeewomen [dot] org [dot] uk

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

www.reap.org.uk
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Key House, High Street, Yiewsley, Middlesex, UB7 7BQ
Tel: +44 (0)1 89 54 41 530
 

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

www.stillhumanstillhere.wordpress.com/
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 03 31 600
Email: mike [dot] kayeatamnesty [dot] org [dot] uk 

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

www.thlc.co.uk/ 
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214 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BJ, DX 155240 Tower Hamlets 2
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 24 78 998
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 24 79 424
Email: infoatthlc [dot] co [dot] uk

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.

South East 

Asylum Welcome

www.asylum-welcome.org/
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Unit 7, Newtec Place, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE
Tel: +44 (0)1 86 57 22 082
Fax: +44 (0)1 86 57 92 532
Email: officeatasylum-welcome [dot] org

Asylum Welcome provides free, confidential information, help and guidance for refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees in Oxford and Oxfordshire. This includes information on social, education, legal and health services provided by the various government bodies and other agencies, detention visiting schemes, English classes, advocacy programmes and support of those who are destitute.

International Care Network (ICN)

200, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8AS
Tel: +44 (0)1202 589 395
Fax: +44 (0)1202 317 569 
Email: infoaticn [dot] org [dot] uk
 

ICN helps by giving advice and support on immigration, employment and in finding accommodation. In addition, they offer English classes for those who are not able to access mainstream education. A particular recent focus has been supporting women and children through home visits and homework clubs. Their services to both children and adults are delivered through professional staff and in partnership with other agencies, and where appropriate with the help of carefully selected volunteers. Since 2004 ICN has been providing immigration advice for members of the refugee and asylum seeking community. They deal with cases up to OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) level 3. They make referrals and support the work of solicitors when a case is above this level. We normally make a modest charge for assisting with immigration applications, but are able to discount or remit fees completely where there is need.

Refugee Arrivals Project (RAP)

Room 1116 Queens Building, Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, TW6 1DN
Tel: +44 (0)20 8759 5740
Fax: +44 (0)20 8759 7058
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Kent Refugee Help

www.kentrefugeehelp.org.uk
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P.O. Box 192, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1WA
Tel: +44 (0)7 70 37 88 773 or +44 (0)1 22 75 73 069
Email: infokentrefugeehelp [dot] org [dot] ukContact person: Kate Adams
Tel: +44 (0)7 70 37 88 773
Email: kate [dot] kentrefugeehelpatoutlook [dot] com

Kent Refugee Help (KRH) is a small charity supporting immigration detainees held in Dover Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC) and in Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP) Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Elmley. They are a user-led organisation working with detainees to help them obtain their liberty. The detainees' ideas, experiences and active involvement with our organisation inform our outreach work. They offer individual casework helping detainees find sureties for immigration bail, access legal advice and representation and obtain medical reports to strengthen or re-start asylum claims. Their support continues after release, if requested, as former detainees face many barriers to integration due to isolation, poverty and insecure immigration status.

Turpin & Miller Solicitors

1 Agnes Court, Oxford Road, Oxford, OX4 2EW
DX: 154780, OXFORD 11
Tel: 01865 770111
Fax: 01865 749099
58 St Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2LG
DX: 40101 READING (CASTLE ST)
Tel: 0118 958 1000
Fax: 0118 950 4103
 

Turpin&Miller is an innovative law firm specialised in immigration and asylum law. They very well understand that immigration and asylum law is constantly changing and that the consequences of a poorly presented application or appeal can be life changing. Hence, they offer assistance and advice in the full range of immigration and asylum applications as well as full representation at any complex immigration appeal, always ensuring your case is thoroughly prepared and professionally presented. Their immigration team is based in Oxford, but they are happy to see clients in Reading office by prior appointment. Assisting clients remotely via telephone or email is offered for those with distance difficulties or employment commitments.  

East Midlands

The Immigration Advice Service (IAS)

Leicester
Imperial House, St. Nicholas Circle, Leicester, LE1 4LF
Tel: +44 (0)116 298 3921
Fax: +44 (0)8 44 88 70 222
Email: iasatcorkgully [dot] com or infoatiasservices [dot] org [dot] uk

The Immigration Advice Service. They are a team of specialist immigration lawyers with over 30 years combined experience of providing advice on immigration, asylum and citizenship cases at all levels.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

www.nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk
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The Sycamore Centre, 33a Hungerhill Road, Nottingham, NG3 4NB
Tel: 011 5960 1230
Fax: 011 5962 4330
Email: infoatnottsrefugeeforum [dot] org [dot] uk
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs drop in service, Friday - appointments only.

The NNRF Drop-in Advice service runs every Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday between 10am and 3pm. Tickets are issued at Reception between 9am and 10.30am. We operate a ‘triage’ system, whereby we will find out how we can help you, after which you may be asked to wait to see an adviser. Please arrive before 10.30am to ensure that we can help you on the day. We are doing our best to help everyone, but we may ask you to come another day if you arrive after 10.30. As well as the daytime use of facilities, there are regular social evenings and training courses. There is a playroom for children. Interpreters are available in most refugee community languages. There are drop-in advice sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1pm - 4pm. Here you can find information about or help with: NASS support or accommodation problems; Section 4 issues; how to obtain a solicitor; applications and form filling; contacting organises, eg City Council, Job Centre, employers etc; making appointments; advice if you are destitute; advice if you have just been granted refugee status or leave to remain; passport applications. You can arrange an appointment to see an Immigration Advisor, who can give you help with: the asylum process; contacting your solicitor or the Home Office; advice if you have reached the end of the official asylum process; making naturalization and registration applications; with travel documents.

Nottingham Arimathea Trust

www.nottinghamarimathea.org.uk
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All Souls Community Centre, Ilkeston Road, Nottingham NG7 3HF
Tel: +44 (0)7 73 50 04 218
Email: infoatnottinghamarimathea [dot] org [dot] uk

Nottingham Arimathea Trust provides housing and support for people who have had their first claim for asylum refused. They ensure that everyone they house has adequate legal representation so that they can work toward submitting fresh claims for asylum and, from there, access temporary Asylum Support housing. They help people find medical support, volunteering opportunities and English classes so that they can improve their day-to-day lives and develop skills whilst they are working on asylum claims. Everyone moving into Nottingham Arimathea Trust accommodation has the opportunity to work with a volunteer befriender or mentor, someone they can meet with regularly to get to know Nottingham, practice shared interests and English language with or who can help make phone calls to solicitors, support groups, doctors etc.

West Midlands

Coventry Law Centre

Oakwood House, St Patricks Road Entrance, Coventry, CV1 2HL
Tel: +44 (0)2476 223 053
 

Coventry Law Centre provides specialist services in immigration and human rights law. We specialise in advocacy and representation and before the First and Upper Tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. Where necessary, we can take judicial review and other court proceedings. Where appropriate we take cases to the Court of Appeal and have taken proceedings to the European Court of Human Rights. In addition to litigation, we have significant experience in dealing with cases of people who have been trafficked to the UK, been victims and physical and sexual violence, children and people who have been tortured and ill treated. We have expertise in dealing with the Points Based System and the application of European law.

Fountain Solicitors

Mander House, 36 Bradford Street, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 3QA
Tel: +44 (0)1922 645 429
Fax: +44 (0)1922 612 947
Email: infoatfountainsolicitors [dot] com
 

Fountain Solicitors offers a wide range of legal services, including Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights Law, Family Law, Employment Law, National Security Law, Personal Injury, Power of Attorneys, Affidavits and Wills. Our motto is “to strive, to seek, to defend and not to yield”.

Freedom From Torture 

Birmingham
Unit 005, 1st Floor, Caroline Point, 62 Caroline Street, Birmingham, B3 1UF
Tel: +44 (0)121 314 6825
Fax: +44 (0)121 212 9830
 

Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, is a UK-based organisation that has been working for 25 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in Britain, as well as to protect and promote their rights. 

Midlands Refugee Council

3 Stone Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2HH
Tel: +44 (0)121 446 5118
Fax: +44 (0)121 440 2868
 

The West Midlands One Stop Service, based in Birmingham, helps asylum seekers and refugees in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent and Coventry. The West Midlands One Stop Service provides a wide range of advice and information to refugees and asylum seekers, covering issues such as: Advice on asylum issues & the UKBA support system; Assistance for clients at the end of the asylum process (regarding Section 4 and possible charitable support); Signposting to services such as housing, legal advice, education, training and health care; Clients who have recently been granted status requiring ‘move-on’ advice (signposting and referral only); Change of Circumstances; Domestic Violence; Mental Health; Giving talks to local statutory and voluntary groups on asylum issues; Advice for newly arrived destitute asylum seekers to access (IA) initial accommodation; Help for separated children under 18 years old. 

Refugee Action

Birmingham
2nd Floor, Cobalt Square 83 Hagley Road Birmingham B16 8QG.
Tel: +44 (0)121 201 3070.
Email: infoatrefugee-action [dot] org [dot] uk  (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 Action provide support to asylum seekers and refugees at all stages of their application process and after. They provide a One Stop Service giving advice on access to asylum support, the asylum application process, welfare benefits, employment and housing. They also advise clients facing problems such as racial harassment, domestic violence and destitution. What they can help with: If you are an asylum seeker who has just arrived in the UK, they can offer advice on: Emergency accommodation if you are entitled to it; Applying for asylum support; Asylum Support Tribunal (AST) appeals; Referring you to a doctor. If you are an asylum seeker who is already receiving asylum support, they can offer advice on: Problems that may arise with your asylum support; Help with complaints about your accommodation; Local refugee/asylum seeker community organisations and support projects, or other organisations who can advise you; Referring you to a doctor; Appeal if your support is stopped by UKBA. What they can't help with: Immigration advice for migrants. If you are considering returning voluntarily to your country of origin, Refugee Action offers a confidential information, advice and support service through their Choices project.

TRP Solicitors

www.trpsolicitors.co.uk/
6 Lee Bank Business Centre, 55 Holloway Head, Birmingham, B1 1HP
Phone: +44 (0)1 21 61 64 700 
Fax: +44 (0)1 21 64 30 700
Email: pasattrpsolicitors [dot] co [dot] uk

TRP Solicitors Limited is an independent law practice in central Birmingham which has built up a strong reputation for its handling of asylum claims and related cases (such as refugee family reunion applications) since its inception in 2003. The firm carries out casework on a privately funded basis and through the legal aid scheme where possible.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeds No Borders

Tel: +44 07784 194 431

Leeds No Borders is a grassroots campaign & support group fighting racist immigration controls. We believe that everyone should have the right to freedom of movement and call for an end to deportations and detention. We are all volunteers and rely on donations.

Manuel Bravo Project

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Tel: +44 (0)1 13 35 08 608
Fax: +44 (0)1 13 32 08 606
Email: officeatmanuelbravo [dot] org [dot] uk
 

The Manuel Bravo Project was set up to provide free legal advice to asylum seekers looking to appeal against a negative first decision or submit a fresh claim for asylum and who cannot obtain legal aid. Within the Manuel Bravo Project paid and voluntary Immigration Caseworkers work directly with their clients by preparing their bundles and representing them in court wherever possible. Qualified non-immigration Legal Teams from other firms working pro bono for Manuel Bravo prepare their clients for their Full Hearing with the help of Case Coordinators, Researchers, Hosts, Translators and Court Support volunteers to assist in the process. 

Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

www.pafras.org.uk
Unit 14, Chapeltown Enterprise Centre, 231/235 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3DX
Tel: 0113 262 2163
Email: infoatpafras [dot] org [dot] uk

Positive Action for Refuges and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS) works with asylum seekers, refugees and local communities in Leeds and the surrounding area.
PAFRAS focuses on providing humanitarian support for asylum seekers who are homeless, without food or money and prevented from improving their situation by government policy. PAFRAS runs a twice-weekly drop-in at which we provide, a hot meal and casework support amongst other services.

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Wakefield District (RASA)

www.rasa-wakefield.org.uk/
13 Upper York Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 3LQ
Tel: +44 (0)1 92 43 68 855
Email: info-wakefieldatnrcentre [dot] org [dot] uk

RASA Wakefield works on a drop in basis providing free and confidential advice and support to asylum seekers and refugees. The organisation assists service users with a wide range of enquiries including National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS), welfare benefits, employment, health, education, housing and immigration to name a few.

North East

Freedom From Torture 

Newcastle
The Alan Smithson Rooms, City House, 1-3 City Road, Newcastle, NE1 2AF
Tel: +44 (0)191 261 5825
Fax: +44 (0)191 222 1211
 

Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, is a UK-based organisation that has been working for 25 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in Britain, as well as to protect and promote their rights. 

Justice First

www.justicefirst.org.uk
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135 Norton Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2BG
Tel: +44 16 42 60 11 22
Email: justice [dot] first [dot] limitedatunicombox [dot] co [dot] uk

Justice First Limited was established in 2006 to work with people in the Tees Valley who are seeking asylum. Our core activity is to assist people whose appeals have been rejected to re-engage with the legal system and to avoid destitution. When an appeal is turned down financial support is withdrawn and the asylum seeker is faced with the bleak alternatives of accepting deportation or 'going underground.' Justice First seeks to help people remain within the legal framework of our country and to advise on the further options available. It also seeks to provide for the needs of our clients by offering social, emotional and practical support and to use our experience and accumulated knowledge to influence and recommend improvements in the asylum system, locally, regionally and nationally. Most recently, we have recognised the need to compile information about those returned to danger and our report, 'Unsafe Return' documents the experiences of returnees to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This can be found on our website. We also aim to raise awareness of the plight of those seeking asylum by visits to schools, churches and community organisations.

North West

St Anne's, 7 Overbury St, Liverpool, L7 3HJ
Tel: +44 (0)151 709 1713
Fax: +44 (0)151 709 1734
Email: infoatasylumlink [dot] org [dot] uk
 

Asylum Link is an organisation dedicated to assisting Asylum Seekers and Refugees and to raising public awareness around Refugee issues. We run a drop-in centre for all asylum seekers and refugees. We provide Asylum advice at OISC level 1 as well as referral to other organisations and solicitors. Caseworkers are avaiable Mondays-Thursday. We also provide services pertaining to: casework; clothing; furniture; English classes; destitution support; social support; and social events.

Freedom From Torture 

Manchester
1st Floor North Square, 11-13 Spear Street, Manchester, M1 1JU
Tel: +44 (0)161 236 5744
Fax: +44 (0)161 244 5577
 

Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, is a UK-based organisation that has been working for 25 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in Britain, as well as to protect and promote their rights. 

Mersey Aid

Tel: +44 (0)7590 424 742
Fax: +44 (0)7590 424 742
 
MerseyAid is a grass roots group, set out to help those in need without the hindrance of red tape, government policies and procedures. Our aim is to provide aid at the point of need, when it is needed. 
 

Refugee Action

Manchester
www.refugee-action.org.uk
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Canada House, 3 Chepstow Street, Manchester, M1 5FW
Tel: +44 (0)161 831 5465.
Contact Person: Mary Keane
 
Refugee Action provide support to asylum seekers and refugees at all stages of their application process and after. They provide a One Stop Service giving advice on access to asylum support, the asylum application process, welfare benefits, employment and housing. They also advise clients facing problems such as racial harassment, domestic violence and destitution. What they can help with: If you are an asylum seeker who has just arrived in the UK, they can offer advice on: Emergency accommodation if you are entitled to it; Applying for asylum support; Asylum Support Tribunal (AST) appeals; Referring you to a doctor. If you are an asylum seeker who is already receiving asylum support, they can offer advice on: Problems that may arise with your asylum support; Help with complaints about your accommodation; Local refugee/asylum seeker community organisations and support projects, or other organisations who can advise you; Referring you to a doctor; Appeal if your support is stopped by UKBA. What they can't help with: Immigration advice for migrants. 
 

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

1 Delaunays Road, Crumpsall Green, Manchester M8 4QS
Tel: +44 (0)161 740 7722.
Fax:+44 (0)161 740 5172. 
Contact Person: Denise McDowell, Director
 
Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit provides free, confidential and independent specialist legal immigration and asylum advice and representation to people seeking entry or leave to remain in the UK. 
 

Scotland

Freedom From Torture 

Glasgow
Room 27, Adelphi Centre, 12 Commercial Road, Glasgow, G5 0PQ
Tel: +44 (0)141 420 3161
Fax: +44 (0)141 429 6578
Email: scotlandatfreedomfromtorture [dot] org
 

Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, is a UK-based organisation that has been working for 25 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in Britain, as well as to protect and promote their rights. 

Roots to Return

rootstoreturnatgmail [dot] com

Roots to Return has been set up in response to the noticeable increase in the UK Home Office's use of their 'Deport Now, Appeal Later' policy, and its expansion to all immigration cases, with individuals only able to exercise an appeal right once removed from the UK. Roots to Return offers support regarding a number of barriers to justice - including no access to legal representation, lacking funds, difficulty communicating with family members remaining in the UK, lack of understanding of the appeal process and generally struggling to survive in the country they were removed to. Roots to Return is also committed to supporting families forced to go through this ordeal and aims to provide high levels of practical support to families remaining in the UK. 

Scottish Refugee Council

5 Cadogan Square, Glasgow, G2 7PH
Tel: +44 (0)141 248 9799
If you are a refugee, call 0141 248 9799 to make an appointment to see an adviser. 
 

We work to: (i) Offer direct advice services to people seeking asylum and refugees; (ii) Conduct detailed policy work, which aims to influence policy makers in both Scotland and the UK and bring the issues that matter to those seeking refuge in Scotland to the fore; (iii) Produce regular research, co-ordinating both in-house projects and collaborations with leading researchers in the field of asylum; (iv) Support organisations in the community working with, or run by, refugees and asylum seekers, enabling them to have a voice at all levels in Scottish society; (v) Raise the profile of asylum in Scotland and in the UK through our communications work, which includes supporting asylum seekers and refugees to have a voice in the media; (vi) Organise a comprehensive programme of training events and seminars for individuals and organisations working with refugees or people seeking asylum; (vii) Ensure that the voices of refugee and asylum seeking women in Scotland are heard, supporting women to engage with decision makers and service providers on key policy issues that impact on their lives in Scotland. 

Wales

Fountain Solicitors

Riviera House, 2 Serpentine Rd, Newport, South Wales, NP20 4PF
Tel: +44 (0)1633 920 160
Fax: +44 (0)1633 267 791
Email: infoatfountainsolicitors [dot] com
 

Fountain Solicitors offers a wide range of legal services, including Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights Law, Family Law, Employment Law, National Security Law, Personal Injury, Power of Attorneys, Affidavits and Wills. Our motto is “to strive, to seek, to defend and not to yield”.

Welsh Refugee Council 

Tel: +44 (0)2920 489 800
 

With 25 years of experience, the Welsh Refugee Council is committed to protecting the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Wales. We work to: evidence our effectiveness to stakeholders; positively influence perceptions of asylum and migration in Wales; meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees in Wales; and create active participation of asylum seekers and refugees.

Cardiff
120 - 122 Broadway, Cardiff, CF24 1NJ
Tel: +44 (0)2920 489 800
 
Newport
125 Lower Dock Street, Newport, NP20 1EG
Tel: +44 (0)1633 266 420
 
Swansea
49 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5PW
Tel: +44 (0)1792 630 180
 
Wrexham 
33 Grosvenor Road, Wrexham, LL11 1BT
Tel: +44 (0)1978 355 818
 

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM)

127-129 Ormeau Road, 1/F, Belfast, BT7 1SH
Tel: +44 (0)28 9023 8645
ECRE member
 

The aim of NICEM is to promote good race relations and to endeavour to achieve the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of racial equality. This includes: (i) Identify and respond to the needs of Black and Minority ethnic communities; (ii) Defence and promote the rights of Black and Minority ethnic communities; (iii) Represent and promote the Black and Minority ethnic sector; (iv) Provide support and leadership to Black and Minority ethnic communities; (v) Raise public awareness and understanding of racism, particularly institutional racism; and (vi) Provide training for potential leaders from within Black and Minority ethnic communities. 

ANTI-FGM/C ORGANISATIONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

28 Too Many

http://www.28toomany.org
4 Normandy Avenue, High Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 2JA, UK
Tel: +44 20 8447 1904
Email: infoat28toomany [dot] org

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

Guy’s & St. Thomas’s Hospital 8th Floor, c/o Antenatal Clinic Lambeth Palace Rd, London, SE1 7EH
Open: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Tel: +44 207 188 6872
Mobile: +44 7956 542 576
Email: comfort [dot] momohatgstt [dot] nhs [dot] uk
 
The African Well Women’s Clinic provides obstetric and gynaecological care to women affected by FGM/C. This includes support, information and advice and a one-stop clinic for surgical reversal of FGM/C. 
 

FGM National Clinical Group

 

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.

FORWARD

http://www.forwarduk.org.uk
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Suite 2.1, Chandelier Building, 8 Scrubs Lane, London, NW10 6RB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8960 4000
Email: forwardatforwarduk [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.

NSPCC - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children 

http://www.nspcc.org.uk
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Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH
NSPCC FGM helpline: 0800 028 3550
Email: helpatnspcc [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. 

Orchid Project

http://orchidproject.org
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The Foundry, 17-19 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR
Tel: +44 20 3752 5505
Email: infoatorchidproject [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 

http://www.mayacentre.org.uk/dahlia-project-survivors-fgm/
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The Maya Centre, Unit 8, 9-15 Elthorne Road, London, N19 4AJ
Tel: 0207 2781 8970
Email: Adminatmayacentre [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   

1 Piers Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B21 0UY
Tel: +44 (0)8 44 77 21 985
Fax: +44 30 01 22 20 43
 
The Persian LGBT Advisory service provides support for Persian speaking LGBT refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom.  The organisation provides services to assist refugees to overcome the challenges of claiming asylum and living in the UK. The organisation provides assistance in finding legal advice; support from National Asylum Support Service, and interpretation services. The organisation also provides advice on educational and healthcare services in the UK.
 

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG)

www.uklgig.org.uk
32-36 Loman Street, London, SE1 0EH
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 92 27 812
Helpline: +44 (0)2 07 92 27 811
Contact Person: Paul Dillane, Executive Director
Email: adminatuklgig [dot] org [dot] uk

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.

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