In 2018 the conference is moving outside London for the first time, and will be held in Manchester. As an organisation we want to leave a legacy project in each of the towns and cities to which we bring the conference.
FiLiA is launching a pilot project designed to connect asylum-seeking and undocumented women in Manchester with expert legal advice.
The cuts to legal aid combined with the so-called 'hostile environment' have meant that even women with strong cases are left trying to navigate the system unrepresented. For women who may also be struggling with a variety of issues from language barriers to health problems, destitution to domestic abuse, the obstacles to justice seem insurmountable.
We are looking for solicitors and OISC firms to sign up to our FiLiA Immigration Action Project to defend some of the most vulnerable in the system. Those who work with us will need to be sensitive to women's specific issues within the immigration system, and experienced in fresh claim and Article 8 work. You would also have a legal aid contract or be willing to offer at least two pro bono cases per year.
Cases would come via a co-ordinated FiLiA team working with migrant women's groups in Manchester. Affiliated solicitors would be entitled to display the FiLiA logo to indicate their commitment to women's rights in immigration.
To get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.