Host Organisation: Greater Manchester Law Centre

Rabiya-Yasmin Khan

I completed my undergraduate in Psychology at the University of Manchester and then went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law. I was awarded a national scholarship from the Law Society to undertake the LPC based on my passion for securing access to justice for the most marginalised and deprived communities in our society. I have worked and volunteered at organisations based on this ethos including AMICUS who provide much needed representation for death row prisoners in America.

I joined the Greater Manchester Law Centre as a volunteer when it first opened in 2016 and was thrilled at the prospect of being a part of a community organisation that would deliver justice for all in need across the county. Access to justice means more to me than simply providing free legal advice, it means opening the doors to an inclusive and equal society, facilitating the empowerment of communities who are otherwise ignored and discriminated against and assisting them to engage fully with the services and resources they should not have to fight for but are entitled to.

As a BME woman it is also important for me that members of marginalised communities are represented in the power roles that history has so often written them out of and I believe that enhancing social justice is the catalyst through which this can be achieved.
I am therefore grateful to the Justice First Fellowship for aiding the development of so many talented BME lawyers and I am also extremely proud to be able to achieve my lawyering dreams through my work at the Greater Manchester Law Centre.

Project

Based on the enquiries we receive we will develop a rights-based training program delivered to affected communities in direct response to their needs. The aim of this project is to facilitate the navigation of the hostile environment which targets the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities.

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