In July 2015 we hosted Silence to Solidarity, a conference exploring how to support lesbian and bisexual women asylum seekers. Attendees from a variety of backgrounds and sectors came for a day of presentations, lively discussion and networking. It is fantastic that informed by the conference a support group for lesbian and bisexual asylum seeking women has been set up in Nottingham.
Many thanks to the Edge Fund who made the conference possible.
Below we have listed information on the speakers and links to their presentations where applicable:
Moud Gouba, caseworker from UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group
UKLGIG is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner. The UKLGIG website has a wealth of resources and guidance on the asylum system and procedure. They operate a helpline 020 7922 7811 – Monday to Friday, during office hours
Presentation: How to evidence sexuality in asylum cases
- Stuart Hanson, No Going Back
No Going Back (Leeds) provides support and legal representation to people who are seeking asylum in the UK because they fear persecution in their own country due to their sexual orientation. We offer them free legal advice for their asylum claims. We also commission experts to produce reports to help individual cases and to highlight problems in particular countries.
Lisa Matthews, Right to Remain
Presentation: Campaigning for justice
Conference blog post “I’ve found my place in Manchester” – Lesbian Immigration Support Group’s conference
Right to Remain is a national human rights organisation, working to build a strong movement for the right to remain in the UK. We work with groups across the UK supporting migrants to establish their right to remain with dignity, safety and humanity, and to challenge the injustice of the immigration and asylum system.
Keelin McCarthy, Barrister, Lamb Building
Keelin McCarthy practises in all areas of asylum, immigration and nationality law, as well as related human rights, public, civil and family law. Keelin is an experienced teacher and regularly conducts training on asylum, immigration and judicial review for solicitors and law centres. She is a regular trainer on human rights law for HJT Training. She has recently lectured on unlawful detention, EU free movement, human trafficking, the rights and best interests of the child, and the Points Based System.