Claire has been with Rainbow Migration since 2018 and is one of the LGBTQI+ Asylum Support Workers within the Support Service Team. She has worked and volunteered for various NGOs advocating for the rights of refugees for the past eight years. Claire is also a Ph.D.
Dane leads on growing, developing and delivering services offering practical and emotional support to LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum. His previous role was in the Leaving Care Team (Medway Social Services) and before that he was the Wellbeing Service Manager for the London Irish Centre.
Hope joined the Rainbow Migration team as the Team Assistant in 2020 and has experience providing first response support in refugee camps and also in multilateral policy spaces such as the UN. She has a MA in Human Rights.
Laurie has been one of our part-time LGBTQI+ Asylum Seeker Support Workers since June 2019. They identify as queer and trans non-binary, and use the gender pronouns ‘they’ and ‘them’.
Leila Zadeh previously worked at Frontline AIDS, Oxfam GB and ActionAid EU. She speaks English, Farsi/Persian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Leila came to the UK as part of a refugee family when she was 13 months old.
Leni has a decade of experience working with a wide range of charities and political organisations in communications roles, including for LGBTQI+ causes. She holds an MA in gender and media studies and a degree in politics and international relations.
Stuart is one of the Support Workers at Rainbow Migration. He joined the team in 2020 and has experience working in charity, local authority, and legal settings providing emotional and practical support to a range of service users. He has an MA in Refugee Care.
Bojana has been a barrister since 2000. She is a member of Garden Court Chambers and practises in asylum immigration, nationality and human rights. Prior to coming to the English Bar, Bojana was a current affairs journalist in former Yugoslavia.
David was called to the Bar in 2002 and is a member of 1 Pump Court Chambers specialising in civil and public law. He previously worked in the Czech Republic for the European Roma Rights Center and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Central European Studies at University College, London.
Eddie is Deputy Dean at Birkbeck School of Law and Head of the Law Department at Birkbeck, University of London, where he is a Reader in Law and Anthropology. He is Associate Academic Fellow at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
Emma currently leads the trusts and foundations team at Liberty. She brings 13 years’ experience working for organisations in the human rights sector, holds an MA in international relations and a degree in human rights and journalism.
Jackie is a solicitor with 20 years’ experience in asylum and immigration. She was a partner in a private practice, a legal advisor at Freedom from Torture and a migrant support centre and was previously Legal Aid convenor for the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association on legal aid issues.
Emily Kinaka Banadzem, better known as Bandy Kiki, is an LGBTQI+ rights activist and entrepreneur.
Mike is a former partner and Head of London Audit at UHY Hacker Young, an international firm of Chartered Accountants. He also holds a Master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Management from The Business School (City, University of London).
Nina is a trans woman who worked for Rainbow Migration (then UKLGIG) for two years as an LGBTQI+ Asylum Seeker Support Worker, supporting many and helping create the first support group specifically for trans asylum seekers.
A marketing and communications professional with more than 20 years of experience across the full spectrum of communications, PR, brand and stakeholder relations, Scott holds a MBA from Cass Business School – City, University of London.
Usman Gul is a former refugee and a passionate supporter of LGBTQI+ rights, especially of the BAME community. He works full time as a project manager for a bank and runs a travel blog discussing on LGBTQI+ travel and his experiences as a refugee travelling around.