“Engaging in legal action has given our campaign a whole new dimension, complemented by our community organising, power building, and awareness raising activities. It has enabled us to pursue justice, accountability, and change in the UK asylum system on multiple fronts and through a multidimensional strategy.”
Dylan Fotoohi, Refugees for Justice
Date/time: 20 October, 11am-12.30pm (with optional break-outs 12.30-1pm).
No matter what issue you are working on, the law touches on it, and it can be an important way to advance justice and challenge power.
Join us on 20 October to hear from three small organisations representing different communities who wouldn’t have considered themselves legal experts and don’t have lawyers on their staff, but have recently used or are currently exploring legal action in their work.
This session will cover different ways of using the law, from launching a judicial review to putting people’s legal rights at the heart of your advice, advocacy and policy work. There will be a panel discussion followed by optional breakout rooms where you can ask more about the work and share similar experiences.
You will hear from:
Abbie Kirkby: Friends, Families and Travellers
Over the last five years, Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) have been on a journey as an organisation to increase and embed its capacity to use human rights approaches and law in its work to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
Emma Crick, Susie Winter and Amanda Hailes: An Untold Story-Voices
An Untold Story-Voices is a collective of women with lived experience of street sex working in Hull, and their supporters. In 2020, the group took successful legal action with the help of the Public Law Project against Hull City Council’s use of injunctions which was effectively criminalising sex workers in Hull.
Dylan Fotoohi: Refugees for Justice
Dylan is Director of Refugees for Justice a refugee-led campaigning group established after the Park Inn Hotel tragedy in Glasgow on 26 June 2020. The group want an inquiry into the Home Office policy of forcibly moving asylum seekers from their homes into crowded hotel accommodation during the pandemic and are working with consultancy Impact Law for Social Justice to explore legal options.
This event is run in partnership with NPC. Click here to register.