Monthly Archives: November 2009

Guardian coverage of No Recourse lobby

The Guardian online did a short film of the No Recourse lobby and spoke to one of the women affected by it. See

Report on Asylum Forum in Malvern

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An audience of about 300 were uplifted and empowered at the Asylum Forum in Malvern on 26 October. Clear presentations were packed with information as different aspects of the UK asylum process were expertly and critically assessed by AIUK Director Kate Allen, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association Legal Officer Steve Symonds, head of Medical Services at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture Dr Juliet Cohen, and co-founder of Medical Justice Harris Nyatsanza. Continue reading

No Recourse Lobby

I attended the Amnesty International UK ‘No Recourse’ lobby earlier. The aim is to persuade MPs to ensure there is funding for shelter and support available for all women who have experienced violence including those whose immigration status is insecure. I lobbied John Spellar MP who is my local MP. He understood the issues but was quite non-commital and on balanced minded not to support our campaign. However, he did give me the courtesy of engaging in debate on the issues concerned, but ultimately felt the potential to attract further illegal immigration meant that he couldn’t fully support our campaign. However, he did feel it right to do something in genuine cases of domestic violence. Overall 60+ MPs were engaged by hundred of AI activists with the exercise a really positive experience. All parties have already made supportive gestures and we are optimistic they will ultimately back this campaign. For further information see