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The hostile environment: 10 years of resistance

For many years now, we’ve seen the strengthening of borders used as a popular political tool worldwide, both in discourse and practice. Within this discourse, immigration is constructed as a problem to be solved, an issue to urgently address in order to protect those who are citizens, those “who belong”. Politicians around the world have… Continue reading The hostile environment: 10 years of resistance

No one is safe until everyone is safe            

Why we reject the Immigration Enforcement Migrant Victims’ Protocol By LAWRS and FLEX How we got here In December 2018, Liberty and Southall Black Sisters brought the first ever super-complaint in UK history.[1] The super-complaint was submitted against both the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the Home Office and challenged the harmful practice whereby… Continue reading “No one is safe until everyone is safe”            

Domestic Abuse Act: one year on

Lucia* came to LAWRS as she was experiencing gender-based abuse in what was assessed as a high-risk case. With the support of her caseworker, she reported her perpetrator to the police. But instead of investigating her perpetrator, the police prioritised her undocumented status and referred her to the Home Office. A few days later, Immigration… Continue reading Domestic Abuse Act: one year on

New publication: ‘Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Exploitation: A Guide for Police and Labour Inspectors Working with Migrants’

As the Nationality and Borders Bill is making its way through the House of Lords, organisations in the migrants and refugees’, women’s and anti-trafficking sectors remain concerned about the harm that many of the proposals within the Bill would cause to migrant victims of serious crime. The Bill provides an opportunity to enshrine in legislation safeguarding provisions… Continue reading New publication: ‘Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Exploitation: A Guide for Police and Labour Inspectors Working with Migrants’

Safe Reporting Mechanisms – Nationality and Borders Bill

Migrant victims of domestic abuse are among some of the most marginalised and vulnerable. The current Government policies are failing to provide protection and safeguarding. Data sharing between the police and the Home Office constitutes one of the most severe barriers to safety for migrant victims of domestic abuse. Therefore, we are concerned about the… Continue reading Safe Reporting Mechanisms – Nationality and Borders Bill