Refugee Action’s most recent report focuses on how the legal aid cuts affect the accessibility of advice for individuals seeking assistance on immigration and asylum.
he Transition Advice Fund (TAF) aims to ensure that people who are eligible can secure their right to settled status, particularly those who need help to navigate the process or who risk failing to secure the status. The TAF is a pooled fund established by Unbound Philanthropy, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Legal Education Foundation, and is looking to build the capacity of the voluntary sector to support people who need this sort of help. More details on how to apply here.
A new step-by-step guide has been produced by Namati and the Open Society Justice Initiative to help those struggling to document their citizenship or legal identity.
From supporting staff wellbeing to supporting EEA and non-EEA migrant communities, this year's Frontline Network conference has produced a wealth of resources for frontline workers to support them in supporting others.
New research in progress which looks at resources used by appellant asylum seekers to put their story forward at tribunal hearings. Preliminary findings of new research challenge the notion that asylum seekers play no active role in their own claim.
The International Commission of Jurists has recently published a set of training materials on access to justice for migrant children. These training materials should help representatives of migrant children increase their knowledge of the rights of the children, increase their understanding of the use of international redress mechanisms for violations of human rights and give some advice on how to effectively communicate with child clients.
The Bar Standards Board has produces a user guide for clerks, practice managers and others who have contact with vulnerable clients and a responsibility for service delivery. Information to help identify, assess and manage client vulnerabilities in line with good practice can be found here.
The Home Office are offering a Assisted Digital service to support customers who need digital help to complete their immigration application online. The service does not offer immigration advice but is available to those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete an online immigration application form.
FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation) have published a Guide to Legal Remedies for Victims of Trafficking for Labour Exploitation. The guide recognises that access to legal remedies for victims of human trafficking is about more than compensation, and that access to justice relies on access to legal assistance and support. The aim of the Guide is to provide practical information that can assist service providers in informing victims about their legal options and directing them towards legal advice.
Following the publication of the Bar Standards Board’s guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related issues in June 2017, translated versions of the guidance for consumers are now available. The guidance is available in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Pashto, Punjabi, Romani, Turkish & Urdu. Hard copies of the guidance are available on request.
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has a range of Practical Guides for individuals on the two key areas of their legal work: applications for bail to secure release from immigration detention, and challenging deportation on grounds of length of residence and family life.