We are hiring: Communications and Campaigns Assistant

***This position has now closed***

Want to kick-start your career in social media and campaigning at a leading LGBTQI+ asylum and immigration rights charity?

Rainbow Migration, the leading UK charity dedicated to supporting LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system, is recruiting for a Communications and Campaigns Assistant who is keen to gain experience in digital communications, campaigning and supporting the involvement of people with lived experience in our work. You will also gain experience of fundraising.

Rainbow Migration has been campaigning for the rights of LGBTQI+ people since 1993 and have stepped up this work since 2021. We now have an opportunity for a Communications and Campaigns Assistant to join us and provide vital support across campaigning and influencing work, fundraising and communications.

This would be an ideal position for a creative, digital-savvy individual and a passion for LGBTQI+ and/or immigration/asylum campaigning.

This role will receive full training and support as required to deliver your responsibilities:

  • Create and schedule social media posts
  • Create graphic, audio and video content
  • Help to set-up, test and promote online campaign actions
  • Support the planning and delivery of online and in-person events
  • Interview service users and write up their stories
  • Help to support the involvement of LGBTQI+ people with lived experience of the asylum system in our work
  • Help keep our fundraising database up-to-date and draft correspondence for our individual donors

Rainbow Migration’s vision is a world where there is equality, dignity, respect and safety for all people in the expression of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our values are:

  • Safety: We believe everyone should be safe from persecution and safe to be themselves. We strive to create a safe workplace culture, and we place importance on the wellbeing of everyone involved with Rainbow Migration.
  • Integrity: We are thorough and honest in everything we do, and we take responsibility for our actions. We want to be accountable to our communities and those who support us.
  • Belonging: We welcome and include all LGBTQI+ people, and we celebrate and value their range of experience in terms of gender, religion, race, age, disability status and class. We try to remove obstacles to participation, champion equality and promote a sense of family or home through our services.
  • Respect: We believe that every person is equal and deserves the same level of courtesy, care, and attention. We respect the rights, wishes and feelings of our service users, and campaign for their rights to be respected as they go through the asylum and immigration system.

At Rainbow Migration, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status – simple, we consider all qualified applicants, consistent with any legal requirements.

We welcome applications from candidates with lived experience of going through the UK asylum or immigration system or who have been subject to immigration control, and also people of colour who are currently underrepresented among our staff. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for anyone considered as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 (physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ effect on your ability to do normal daily activities), providing such candidates meet the essential criteria. If you wish to qualify under this scheme, please make this clear when applying.

CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent

HOURS: 35 hours per week. We will consider part-time or job share. When applying, please state what hours you are looking to work. Very occasional evening work is required, and possibly at weekends, but with plenty of notice (meetings and events will be held virtually until the office space is open again).

SALARY: Starting at £20,096 with potential annual step increases up to £21,319 (pro rata if working part-time), plus statutory employer’s pension contribution. In addition to an annual step increase, the trustees consider giving a separate inflationary increase every April and it has already been agreed that from 1 April this year the starting salary will rise to £21,101.

LOCATION: Rainbow Migration’s offices are based in Borough, Central London, and this role would normally be office-based. At the time of posting this advert, all Rainbow Migration staff are working from home due to Covid-19. A mix of working at home and/or the office is likely for the foreseeable future. There might also be occasional travel outside London with plenty of notice.

ANNUAL LEAVE: 25 days per year rising after 24 months by 1 day after each year of service to maximum of 28 days per year (pro rata if working part-time).

CLOSING DATE: 11pm, 3 April.

INTERVIEWS: Between 7 – 12 April

HOW TO APPLY: Please read the job description and person specification. If you have any questions about the role or would like to find out more before applying, then you can contact the line manager via recruitment@rainbowmigration.org.uk.

Please email your CV, covering statement, and optional monitoring form to recruitment@rainbowmigration.org.uk. When writing your covering statement, please give examples of how you meet the person specification. In addition to what is on your CV, we want to hear about any relevant skills and experience that demonstrate you meet the necessary criteria for the role, and if you meet any of the advantageous criteria. Skills and experience could be from , training, volunteering, interests and life experience. Please make your statement no longer than two A4 pages.

Please also confirm in your statement if you wished to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme for anyone considered as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 (physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ effect on your ability to do normal daily activities).

By submitting an application, you:

  1. Confirm that you have the right to work in the UK and will produce the necessary documentation if you are offered this post.
  2. Declare that to the best of your knowledge and belief, the information provided with your application is true and correct and that you understand that any false information or statement given will justify the dismissal from Rainbow Migration if appointed.

 

Privacy Notice: Your privacy and data protection

In order to recruit and manage staff, Rainbow Migration needs to store personal information (data) about all applicants. Rainbow Migration is registered as a “controller of personal data” under the Data Protection Act 2018 with the Information Commissioner. By applying for this role, you agree that we will keep the information on your CV and covering statement. Monitoring information is kept separately and is pseudonymised to avoid identification of applicants. Monitoring information is amalgamated for statistical purposes and the original data then destroyed. Rainbow Migration keeps all personal information safely and securely, and does not share your information with anyone outside Rainbow Migration or any other organisation without your consent. Information is kept for the minimum period necessary which for CVs and covering statements for unsuccessful applicants is 12 months after the conclusion of the recruitment campaign.


IWD: Additional challenges for lesbian, bisexual and trans women seeking asylum

On International Women’s Day we’d like to pay tribute to all the lesbian, bisexual and trans women that go through the asylum system and acknowledge the additional struggles they face simply because of their gender or gender identity.

When assessing someone’s sexual orientation during asylum interviews, decision-makers often rely on a pre-determined assumption of sexual ‘self-realisation’ that doesn’t always apply in the case of women. Some women only form a same sex sexual orientation later in life and face being disbelieved on this basis, particularly where they have been in relationships with or married to men previously, or have children.

According to our LGBTQI+ Asylum Seeker Support Workers, this is a very common experience for lesbians who claim asylum. They might have married a man due to cultural, familial or religious pressures and/or to ensure their sexual orientation remains hidden.  For instance, Marina had to leave Cameroon because after her family discovered her sexual orientation, they forced her into a relationship with a man. This factor can lead to women like Marina facing disbelief during their asylum interview.

Bisexual women face even greater challenges and have sometimes been asked why they have ‘chosen’ to be in a relationship with someone of the same sex when it places them in danger in their country of origin. In addition, lesbians, bisexual and trans women all face hardship and isolation due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity as it is harder to seek support from country-of-origin communities, as they fear they would again be subjected to harassment and abuse.

On the other hand, trans women face systematic discrimination, harassment and violence when going through the asylum system. The current asylum decision making guidance lacks up to date information around gender identity, which leads to official written communications not recognising the chosen name of trans women and misgendering them, or what’s even more traumatic, to trans women being placed in detention in the wrong detention population and provision of shared accommodation in men's facilities that may attract bullying, assault or harassment. Like Nisha, who describes her experience in detention as “horrible”, and explains: “I did not have a shower for the first week because it was an open shower. So someone could see. I was on hormones before I was detained...So it was not good for me to expose myself. I had to hide.”

Trans women are also at a higher risk of hate crimes, homelessness and poverty.

As seen above, after leaving life-threatening situations, lesbian, bisexual and trans women all too often have to navigate additional challenges while claiming asylum. We believe it is time for a rights-based, intersectional approach to asylum, that recognises the specific experiences of women and makes them feel safe throughout the process. At the moment we are urging the Government to rethink the Nationality and Borders Bill, which will make things even worse for lesbian, bisexual and trans women, but also for everyone fleeing persecution. You can find out more about our call to action or learn more about the work that we do.


LGBTHM: The beginnings of Rainbow Migration

LGBT History Month is a chance to celebrate key moments in the history of LGBTQI+ people in the UK, but also a time to reflect and keep sounding the alarm on the discrimination and challenges that LGBTQI+ people face just to be who they are.

This year, we wanted to share the beginnings of Rainbow Migration and the first big immigration rights achievement that we were able to celebrate back in 1997, while also reminding everyone that a cruel #AntiRefugeeBill is being passed through Parliament at the moment. If it becomes law, more LGBTQI+ people will be refused sanctuary here and sent back to countries where they will be persecuted and their lives will be at risk. Learn more about the dangerous Bill and how you can take action today.

 

 

The creation of Rainbow Migration, 1993

Rainbow Migration was created in 1993 as the Stonewall Immigration Group by same sex couples and their lawyers to share information, campaign for change and support lesbians and gay men wanting to remain together in the UK on the basis of their relationships.

 

Organised more effectively as a group, more and more people made applications for a partner to be granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom.

 

The effort and resilience of couples prepared to fight difficult legal battles, together with lawyers who used every available legal and political method to pursue their clients’ cases resulted in a number of significant successes.

 

A decisive moment in 1994

In 1994, the Immigration Appeal Tribunal decided that a parallel should be drawn between the way in which unmarried opposite-sex partners and unmarried same-sex partners were treated. From that moment on, despite resistance, there were several more successful applications by same-sex couples.

 

Campaigning for change: 1994 – 1997

Rainbow Migration campaigned in the run up to the May 1997 general election, successfully obtaining the commitment of the Shadow Home Secretary that if elected, a Labour government would recognise same-sex relationships for immigration purposes.

 

In 1997, same-sex partners are recognised for the first time in British law

In October 1997, the Unmarried Partners Concession was announced. It was the very first positive legal recognition of same sex relationships in British law. The concession made it possible for same-sex couples to make an application for the foreign partner to remain in the United Kingdom if they had lived together for four years.

 

Equal immigration rights, 2000

In October 2000, the unmarried partners concession became an Immigration Rule, which is of far more legal significance than a concession.

 

Civil Partnership Act, 2004

Finally, in November 2004 the Civil Partnership Act was passed. Once this legislation came into effect in December 2005, it ensured equal immigration rights for same-sex couples.

 

Expanding our area of work

After this victory, at Rainbow Migration we expanded our area of work to support all LGBTQI+ people who wanted to stay in the UK because they were afraid of persecution in their home countries.

 

If you’d like to find our more about us, you can learn more about the work that we do or the ways in which we support LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum.


Ask your MP to show some love for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum

We should all be free to show our love for one another today, but for many LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum here that’s just not possible.

Some will have been placed in immigration detention, where they face discrimination, harassment and violence if their sexual orientation is or gender identity discovered. Others will be sent back to countries where they could be persecuted or killed, because they have been unable to “prove” that they are LGBTQI+.

The Government’s #AntiRefugeeBill will make this so much worse, placing more LGBTQI+ people in unsafe institutional accommodation that is like detention, and raising the bar for people trying to prove they are LGBTQI+.

That’s why, this Valentine’s Day, we’re asking MPs to show some love for LGBTQI+ people fleeing persecution, by promising to defend LGBTQI+ asylum when the #AntiRefugeeBill returns to the House of Commons.

Will you help by tweeting your MP on Monday 14 February?

Simply:

  1.  Find your MP’s Twitter handle 
  2. Open a draft tweet
  3. Copy the message below into the draft tweet after your MP’s Twitter handle
  4. Your message will automatically include the valentines image below if you keep the “pic.twitter” link at the end.
  5. Tweet away!

Tweet:

We should all be free to show our love today, but for many LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum here that’s not possible. The #AntiRefugeeBill will make it much worse. As my MP please defend LGBTQI+ people when the Bill returns to the Commons pic.twitter.com/tE8S6UyQry

 

 


This Valentine's Day, show some love to LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum.

We should all be free to show our love for one another today, but for many LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum here that’s just not possible.

 

Some will have been placed in immigration detention, where they face discrimination, harassment and violence if their sexual orientation is or gender identity discovered. Others will be sent back to countries where they could be persecuted or killed, because they have been unable to “prove” that they are LGBTQI+.

The Government’s #AntiRefugeeBill will make this so much worse, placing more LGBTQI+ people in unsafe institutional accommodation that is like detention, and raising the bar for people trying to prove they are LGBTQI+.

That’s why, this Valentine’s Day, we’re asking MPs to show some love for LGBTQI+ people fleeing persecution, by promising to defend LGBTQI+ asylum when the #AntiRefugeeBill returns to the House of Commons.

 

Will you help by tweeting your MP on Monday 14 February?

Simply:

  1.  Find your MP’s Twitter handle 
  2. Open a draft tweet
  3. Copy the message below into the draft tweet after your MP’s Twitter handle
  4. Your message will automatically include the valentines image below if you keep the “pic.twitter” link at the end.
  5. Tweet away!

Tweet:

We should all be free to show our love today, but for many LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum here that’s not possible. The #AntiRefugeeBill will make it much worse. As my MP please defend LGBTQI+ people when the Bill returns to the Commons pic.twitter.com/tE8S6UyQry

 

ValentinesDay


Help us say no to the Nationality and Borders Bill

The Nationality and Borders Bill will have a devastating effect on the ability of LGBTQI+ people fleeing persecution to find safety in the UK.

Among other sweeping changes, this Bill will make it even more difficult for LGBTQI+ people to prove their sexual orientation and gender identity by increasing the standard of proof they have to meet.

If the UK is truly committed to being a global leader on LGBT+ human rights, then we must ensure the protection of LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum by keeping the standard of proof as it is. We call on the House of Lords to stop this Bill! Please share this Twitter thread with friends and colleagues using #AntiRefugeeBill.

 

We will keep campaigning to defend LGBTQI+ asylum in the face of this bill. Please sign up to our newsletter so that we can stay in touch.

 

Read the full briefing that we sent to Lords ahead of the Committee stage. 

 

Marina’s story

The chance for LGBTQI+ refugees like Marina to make a new life here is under threat from the Anti-Refugee Bill. Read her story.

 


Government trying to make it harder to ‘prove’ you are LGBTQI+

The Nationality and Borders Bill that is being voted on in Parliament this week will make it even more difficult for LGBTQI+ people who are seeking asylum to prove their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The charity Rainbow Migration calls on MPs to vote against the Nationality and Borders Bill, which, among other sweeping changes, will increase the standard of proof for assessing whether someone is LGBTQI+ from the internationally accepted standard of “reasonable degree of likelihood” to the higher level of “balance of probabilities”.

It is inherently difficult for anyone to prove their sexual orientation or gender identity, and even more so for those who may have spent years trying to hide the fact that they are LGBTQI+. In many cases, the only “evidence” someone has is their own testimony. They have to talk about the most personal or intimate aspects of their lives in front of a complete stranger, who then decides if they believe them or not.

Rainbow Migration’s Executive Director Leila Zadeh said, “If this change becomes law, more LGBTQI+ people in need of our protection will be refused asylum and returned to countries where they could face torture, imprisonment or death”.

Earlier in November a report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration revealed Home Office productivity targets were already preventing asylum decision-makers from adequately assessing claims based on sexual orientation.

Proving that you are gay - real life example from Still Falling Short
A claimant who described how a schoolboy friendship grew into a same-sex sexual relationship when the boys were around 13 and 17 respectively was challenged for not having a date for the anniversary of the start of the relationship and being able to remember only a particular school trip as the time when the liaison started. Then, the interviewer asked whether the boys went out for a meal, or went out or to socialise, which would have been, under the circumstances, a culturally inappropriate expectation.


Unbelievable – Help us say no to raising the standard of proof!

Can you imagine someone disbelieving your sexual orientation because you have never been in a relationship? Or because you don’t look LGBTQI+?

These are just some of the challenges that LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum face in the UK. And if the Nationality and Borders Bill is passed in Parliament this week, things will become even harder for them.

There are many reasons why proving sexual orientation or gender identity is already difficult. For instance:

  • The sole evidence that many people have of their sexual orientation or gender identity is their own story
  • Someone’s social and cultural background may affect how easily they can talk about their sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Some women only become attracted to other women later in life and face being disbelieved on this basis, particularly if they have been in relationships with men in the past

What would you say if you had to prove your LGBTQI+ identity? Could you do it if your life depended on it?

It’s difficult and humiliating for anyone fleeing persecution to have to prove they are LGBTQI+, and the last thing we should do is make it harder. Help us spread the word by sharing one of the videos below or sending us your own:


Having to “prove” that you are LGBTQI+

At present, when an LGBTQI+ person claims asylum, they have to “prove” their sexual orientation or gender identity to the satisfaction of the Home Office or judges.

They need to demonstrate that there is a “reasonable degree of likelihood” of persecution if they were returned to their country of origin.

This low standard of proof reflects the seriousness of getting this wrong – if an LGBTQI+ person is disbelieved and wrongly returned to their country of origin, their life could be at risk.

If the #AntiRefugeeBill passes, the standard of proof will be higher and people will have to prove they are LGBTQI+ “on the balance of probabilities”. More LGBTQI+ people in need of our protection will be refused asylum and returned to countries where they face imprisonment, torture or death.

Stand with all LGBTQI+ people in need of protection. Please share this video below and help us spread the word.


Signed statement: safe routes, compassion and fairness need to be at heart of Government’s approach to people seeking sanctuary

Following the tragic deaths of at least 27 people in the English Channel – including children – it is time for serious action. We cannot stand by and let this Government’s harsh rhetoric and ill-thought-out approach go unchecked.  

This Government’s policy of grabbing cheap headlines and blaming the French authorities while paying them millions of pounds to build fences around the Channel ports has not worked. Now people fleeing conflict, persecution and war have paid the ultimate price. We know from the warehouses overflowing with donations for Afghan refugees that the public believes in the right to seek safety. That same public cannot stand for this.  

Instead of trying to blame people seeking safety for its own failures, this Government must step up to its responsibilities and focus on saving lives. 

For a start, parliamentarians must rethink the Nationality and Borders Bill. Not only will these new laws take a wrecking ball to the very principle of refugee protection, but we know they are unworkable. They will push desperate people further into the arms of smuggling gangs and will only inflame our international partners who we need to work with to ensure people seeking sanctuary can do so safely. 

We also need a cast-iron commitment from this Government that it will not pursue its policies on offshoring or pushbacks, which will cause even more harm and make deaths in the Channel even more likely.  

Above all, this tragedy shows how urgent it is for this Government to work with its international partners to create more routes to safety for refugees. This Government demands refugees take official routes, but for most people, these simply do not exist. Refugees are left with little option but to arrive here hidden in a plane or lorry or crammed onto a small boat.  

We are calling on this Government to make a long-term commitment to: 

  • create a compassionate asylum system that treats all people seeking asylum in the UK with kindness and dignity 
  • resettle at least 10,000 refugees each year from around the world 
  • reinstate the Dubs Agreement to protect child refugees from exploitation 
  • expand family reunion so that more people can be reunited with their loved ones 
  • introduce a humanitarian corridor 

We ask the Government to sit down with people who’ve gone through the asylum system, and their advocates, to create a new, more compassionate, and effective process which puts safety first. Now, if ever, is the time to do so. 

Signed by 

Barrow Cadbury Trust, Dame Sara Llewellin DBE

Ben & Jerry’s, Rebecca Baron, European Head of Activism

Refugee Action, Tim Naor Hilton, CEO 

Refugee Council, Enver Solomon, CEO 

Freedom From Torture, Sonya Sceats, CEO 

Scottish Refugee Council, Sabir Zazai, CEO 

Asylum Matters, Andrea Vukovic & Paul Hook, Co-directors 

Abigail Housing, Amanda Church-Mcfarlane, Co-Chief Executive Officer  

Action for Refugees in Lewisham, Sophie Wickham, Director 

ACH, Fuad Mahamed, CEO 

Allies for Justice, Steven Shyaka, Lived experience campaigns coordinator  

Amber Film and Photography Collective Laura Laffler, Director

Art Refuge, Bobby Lloyd, CEO

Asylum Aid, Ian Kane, Legal Services Manager 

Asylum Link Merseyside, Ewan Roberts, Centre Manager 

Asylum Support Appeals Project  

Asylum Welcome, Mark Goldring, Director 

AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees), Ali McGinley, Director 

Baca, Jimmy Zachariah, CEO 

Bail for Immigration Detainees, Annie Viswanathan, Director 

Big Leaf Foundation, Evie Booton, Campaigns Coordinator 

Birmingham City of Sanctuary, David Brown, Chair

Birmingham Schools of Sanctuary, Barbara Forbes, Coordinator

Baobab Centre For Young Survivors in Exile, Jodie Bourke, Senior Manager 

Boaz Trust, Ros Holland, Chef Executive 

Body & Soul, Emma Colyer, Director  

Bradford City of Sanctuary, Will Sutcliffe, Chair 

Breaking Barriers, Matthew Powell, CEO  

Bristol Defend the Asylum Seekers Campaign, Jo Benefield, Coordinator 

Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL), Mark Williams, Founder 

British Association of Social Workers, Dr Ruth Allen, Chief Executive 

Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcome Refugees, Yvonne Rendell, Chair 

Calais Action, Libby Freeman & Caroline Gregory, Founder 

Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group, Catharine Walston, Chair of Executive Committee 

Campaign Bootcamp, Sarah Miguel, Co-Leader 

CARAS, Eleanor Brown, Director 

Care4Calais, Clare Moseley, Founder  

Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury, Ben Gilchrist, CEO 

Carlisle Key, Diana Vlad & Iain McNee, Housing Support Officer and Operational Manager 

Channel Rescue, Kim Bryan, Co-founder  

Choose Love, Cherno Jagne, COO  

Citizens of the World Choir, Becky Dell and Matilda James, Musical Director and Exec Producer 

City of Sanctuary Sheffield, Tom Martin, Director 

City of Sanctuary UK, Sian Summers-Rees, Chief Officer  

Civic Leicester, Ambrose Musiyiwa, Facilitator

Children England, Chloë Darlington, Policy and Communications Manager

Common Space Common Humanity, Dave Plumb, Coordinator 

Compass Collective, Leah Gayer, Co-director  

Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Toni Soni, Centre Director 

Curious Monkey, Zoe Connel, Project Coordinator for Arriving 

Detention Action, Bella Sankey, Director 

Doctors of the World, Ellen Waters, Director of Development 

Donate4Refugees, Amber Bauer, Founder 

ECPAT UK (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking), Patricia Durr, CEO 

Equanicity, Cryton Chikoko, Co-founder 

FAST (First Aid Support Team), Nynke van Dijck, Founder  

Fences & Frontiers, Lewis Garland, Founder / Chair 

FODI (Sunderland), Steve Newman, Chair 

Good Chance Theatre, Naomi Webb, Executive Director 

Govan Community Project, Traci Kirkland, Head of Charity  

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, Denise McDowell, Chief Executive 

Haringey Migrant Support Centre  

Hastings Community of Sanctuary, Jane Grimshaw & Polly Gifford, Co-Chairs 

Hay Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees , Ailsa Dunn, Secretary 

Helen Bamber Foundation, Kerry Smith, CEO 

Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees, Terry Morin, Chair 

Herts for Refugees, Angus Clark, CEO 

Homeless Network Scotland, Maggie Brunjes, Chief Executive 

Hope for the Young, Matt Blacker, CEO 

HOPE not hate, Nick Lowles, CEO 

Hope Projects, Phil Davis, Director 

Host Nottingham, Rebecca Kogan, Project Coordinator 

Humans for Rights Network, Maddie Harris, Director/Founder 

IMIX, Emma Harrison, CEO 

Immigration Law Practioners’ Association, Nicole Francis , Chief Executive 

Interfaith Scotland, Maureen Sier, Director 

JRS UK, Sarah Teather, Director 

Justice and Peace Scotland (Catholic) Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Jill Kent  

Justice First, Jason Hussein, Project Manager 

Kids in Need of Defense UK (KIND UK), Katie Fennell, National Coordinator 

KRAN, Dr Razia Shariff, CEO 

Latin American Women’s Rights Service, Elizabeth Jiménez-Yáñez & Dolores Modern, Policy co-coordinators 

Leeds Destitute Asylum-seekers Support, Jenny Willison, Trustee 

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network, Rosario Guimba-Stewart, Chief Executive 

Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary, John Skipworth, Chair of Council 

Liberty, Martha Spurrier, Director 

LOSRAS (Lewes Supports Refugees), Gill Tipping, Co-Chair 

Love Welcomes, Abi Hewitt, CEO / Founder 

Love 146, Philip Ishola, CEO 

Malvern Green Space  

Methodist Church, Geoff Charlton, Local Preacher 

Micro Rainbow, Sebastian Rocca, CEO

Migrant Destitution Fund, Sian Mullen, Action Group Member 

Migration Mobilities Bristol, Bridget Anderson, Director 

Migrants’ Rights Network, Fizza Qureshi, CEO 

Migrant Voice, Nazek Ramadan, Executive Director 

NACCOM, Bridget Young, Director  

NATECLA, Rachel Öner, Co-Chair 

Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary, Jake Rose-Brown, Founder 

North East Law Centre, Rachel McPeake, Project Administrator 

Nurses United UK, Anthony Johnson, Registered Nurse and Lead Organiser 

O’s Refugee Aid Team, Onjali Rauf, Founder and Author 

Open Aye, Becky Duncan, Director

Our Second Home, Amos Schonfield, Director 

Pathways Trust, Tara Pollitt, Operations Manager 

Pollination, Yasmine Balfour-Lynn, Co-Founder 

Praxis, Sally Daghlian OBE, CEO 

Race Equality Foundation, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO 

Rainbow Home (North East England), Alessandra Mondin, Project worker 

Rainbow Migration, Leila Zadeh, Executive Director 

RAMFEL, James Tullett, CEO 

Reading City of Sanctuary, Maggie Filipova Rivers, Manager 

Reading Refugee Support Group, Nick  Harborne, CEO 

RefuAid, Anna Jones, Co Founder 

Refugee Action, Lizzie Hobbs, GPP Team Administrator 

Refugee Education UK, Catherine Gladwell, Chief Executive 

Refugee Legal Support (RLS), Efi Stathopoulou, Programmes Manager 

Refugee ReSETTLEment, Paul  Kelly, Project leader 

Refugee support East London and Essex, Pam Derwin, Admin   

Refugee Survival Trust, Elaine Cameron, CEO 

Refugee Trauma Initiative, Zarlasht Halaimzai, CEO and Co-Founder 

Restore (a project of Birmingham Churches Together), Jeremy Thompson, Manager 

Right to Remain, Lisa Matthews  

Room to Heal, Elli Free, Director 

Routes, Daisy Jacobs & Leyla McLennan, Co-directors 

Royal College of Nursing, Geoff Earl, Council Member (personal capacity) 

Runnymede Trust, Alba Kapoor, Senior Policy Officer 

Rural Refugee Network, Nadia Potts, CEO 

Safe Passage, Beth Gardiner Smith, CEO 

Samphire, Indre Lechtimiakyte, Legal and Migrant Support Manager 

Say It Loud Club, Aloysius Salle, Executive Director 

Screen Share UK, Moses Seitler, Director 

Scotswood Garden, Karen Dobson, CEO 

Seeking Sanctuary, Phil Kerton, Co-Director 

Settle Area Refugee Support, Angie Pedley, Treasurer 

Social Workers Without Borders, Naomi Jackson 

Solidarity With Refugees, Ros Ereira , Director 

Sophie Hayes Foundation, Red Godfrey-Sagoo, CEO 

Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group, Chris Stephens, Chair of Trustees 

Southampton Action, Nikki Walters, Chair 

Stand for All, Daniel Sohege, Director 

Stories of Hope and Home, Stephanie Neville, Project Manager 

Student Action for Refugees, Emily Crowley, Chief Executive  

Swindon City of Sanctuary, Nicola Wood, Charity Manager 

Tees Valley of Sanctuary, Suzanne Fletcher, Housing Co-ordinator 

The Cotton Tree Trust, Janet Gilbert, General Manager 

The Iona Community, Robert Swinfen, Convenor of Migration & Asylum Network 

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), Dr Edie Friedman, Executive Director 

The Mercy Hub, Jeremy Cain, Coordinator 

The Pickwell Foundation, Susannah Baker, Founder 

The Refugee Rights Project, Izzy Hughes, Founder 

The William Gomes Podcast, William Gomes, Director 

the3million, Nicolas Hatton, CEO 

Together with Migrant Children, Nick Watts & Jane Goldsmid, Co-Directors 

Trauma Foundation South West, Judy Ryde, Founder/Clinical Director 

UKCEN, Claudia Holmes, Founder  

Vauxhall Community Law and Information Centre, Siobhan Taylor-Ward, Solicitor 

Voices in Exile, Mel Steel, Director 

Voices Without Borders, Joss Duncan & Ewa Lelontko, Co-founders 

Waging Peace, Maddy Crowther & Sonja Miley, Co-Executive Directors 

West Cumbria Refugee Support Network, Kelly Davis, Chair 

West End Refugee Service, Hannah Barnes, Director  

Women for Refugee Women, Alphonsine Kabagabo, Director 

Young Roots, Jo Cobley, CEO 

Doncaster Conversation Club, Jan Foster, Trustee 

Skipton Town of Sanctuary, Alan Hickman, Town Councillor 

Green Kordofan, Raga Gibreel, Director 

Refugees for Justice, Dylan Fotoohi, Director  

Entraide (Mutual Aid), Felix Kupay, Chair 

South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group, Stuart Crosthwaite, Secretary 

Faversham and Villages Refugee Solidarity Group, Clarissa Hanna, Chair 

Kent Kindness, Jo Taylor, Chair 

Harrogate district of sanctuary, Pat Ki, membership secretary 

Birch Network, Dr Andrew Jolly, Chair of Trustees 

FreedVoices, Chibong Lucas,  

Refugee Women of Bristol, Layla Ismail, Development Manager 

Making Rights Real, Clare MacGillivray, Director 

St Chad’s Sanctuary CIO, Abigail Martin, Project Manager 

Flintshire City of Sanctuary, Maire Greaney, Secretary & Trustee 

Destitution Project Bolton, Shaheda Mangerah, Senior Caseworker for asylum seekers & refugees 

D6: Culture in Transit, Clymene Christoforou, Director 

Southeast Integration Network, Ruth Cape, Development Manager 

Refuweegee, Selina Hales, CEO 

Herefordshire City of Sanctuary, Jeff Beatty, Chair.