February 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly update on news & campaigns happening across the country: Know Your Rights Workshops; Projects & CampaignsEvents & Other News, Job Vacancies

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Know Your Rights February 2021 Workshops


As part of our project to support families we are working in partnership with RAMFEL & OLMEC to help support migrant individuals and families by offering immigration, employment, mental health & well-being advice and support.
We will be running our Know Your Rights workshop in February (22-24th) which aims to help migrants understand and assert themselves in key areas of everyday life including banking, driving, education, employment, health, housing, social services, detention and deportation and also how to advocate for themselves.
The benefit of the workshop is that it is a safe and confidential space to share and connect with people having a similar experience and you will be able to ask experts questions about your circumstances without fear of your details being given to any other organisations.

To register please email Mahlea Babjak on

We have updated our Know Your Rights guide for 2021, and we have the guide published in several languages including: Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, Hindi & Romanian. To read our guide please click here

Projects & Campaigns

Report Launch: Highly Skilled Migrant Indefinite Leave To Remain Refusals & Covid-19 Realities

Last week we held a very successful event with The All Party Parliamentary Group for Immigration Law and Policy, Operation Black Vote, Garden Court Chambers and Highly Skilled UK to discuss the criminalisation of the UK's Highly Skilled Migrants (HSMs) and implications for wider migrant communities.

The report talks about the mistreatment of these Highly Skilled Migrants and how their treatment is a repeat of the mistakes made by the Home Office with the Windrush Generation.

Despite what the Home Office says, it is absolutely right to draw comparisons between these and other criminalised migrant communities and the Windrush Scandal, and this was evidenced by all of our speakers. We are glad to have the support of HSM UK, Garden Court, Operation Black Vote and Stephen Timms MP as we continue to fight for migrants rights.

To view the report please click here

Events & Other News

  • Privacy International -  The UK’s Privatised Migration Surveillance Regime - The UK’s migration and border control system is complex and highly privatised - with arms and tech companies making billions from it. But who is involved? Privacy International (PI) will outline the result of their research into how UK authorities track and monitor immigrants and the companies which profit. The report, which is available here, aims to provide an overview for UK civil society organisations and uses procurement, contractual, and other open source data to outline the systems and techniques used by authorities across the UK’s borders, immigration, and citizenship system. To register for the event click here
  • Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network -Help refugees and others meet their basic needs this winter- The Covid-19 pandemic has meant more people are going without the bare essentials we all need. But LRMN are helping to change that. They are giving food and other basic items to destitute families and people excluded from claiming benefits, and those struggling to get out of devastating poverty and financial crisis, made worse by the impact of COVID-19. Many have lost their jobs, or the support from family and friends due to their own struggles. . To donate to the campaign
  • Petition: Reinstate the pre-2012 Overseas Domestic Worker visa with a route to settlement - We want the Government to reinstate the pre-2012 Overseas Domestic Worker visa in order to enable migrant domestic workers to renew their visas (which are currently capped at 6 months) and to ensure there is a route to settlement (also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain). More info
  • Petition: Offer Indefinite Leave To Remain to all NHS and social care workers - The Government should introduce legislation to offer non-UK NHS workers and social care workers automatic Indefinite Leave to Remain as they stay and risk their own lives and their families lives to look after the British people during the COVID -19 pandemic crisis. More info

Job Vacancies

  • Covid-19 Bereaved Families For Justice UK - Press & Communications Officer -They are seeking a Press and Communications Officer to generate and maximise positive media coverage of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, in order to further the aims and objectives of the campaign. Deadline: 11th Feb 2021. For more information and to apply click here
  • Waterloo Community Counselling - Trainee Volunteer Counsellor Opportunities - They currently have placement vacancies for trainee counsellors who speak any of the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Pashto, Portuguese and Urdu. Please send your CV and a covering letter to Priya Commander, the MECS Manager: . More info
  • Room To Heal - Group Counsellor/Therapist - To assist in the facilitation of a trauma-focused therapeutic programme, including co-facilitating a therapeutic support group, carrying out individual assessments and some individual short-term therapy. This post will also take a lead in safeguarding. Deadline: 28th April 2021. More info

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