Host Organisation: Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit 2023

Ana Gonzalez-Castro

Briefly explain your most recent educational background and any work (paid or voluntary) you were doing before you began your Fellowship?

After graduating with an LLB in Law at the University of Sheffield, I completed the LPC with LLM at the University of Law, where I took a particular interest in immigration law.
During my undergraduate degree, I volunteered at FreeLaw – a free legal clinic that offers advice to the public for civil legal issues. After completing my studies, I volunteered at South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice (SYRLJ). They are a legal charity that offers free legal advice and representation to those who have claimed and been refused asylum.

Why did you want to apply for a Justice First Fellowship?

My legal studies and my time at FreeLaw opened my eyes to how important access to justice is to individuals’ lives. Whilst at SYRLJ, I became aware that the immigration sector in particular has a real capacity issue. The fellowship gives me the opportunity to contribute to widening access to justice and help those in need, within a context that genuinely interests and is important to me.

Complete the following sentence: ‘Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy…’

Dancing. I mainly do ballet, but in recent years I have enjoyed trying out some new styles. It’s a fun and social way to keep up my body fit and my brain sharp and I plan to continue dancing throughout my legal career. I also enjoy listening to audiobooks in the car, going to see live music, and watching drama TV shows.

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