|Job Title||Justice First Fellow|
|Reports to||Supervising Solicitor|
|Location||Asylum Aid Office (London)|
|Grade/Salary||£28,000-£32,000 p.a. (dependent on experience)|
|Hours||37.5 hours per week|
|Interview Dates||Thursday 2nd February 2023 & Thursday 9th February 2023|
Asylum Aid was set up in 1990 to deliver high-quality legal representation to people with particularly complex cases who are seeking asylum in the UK. […]
Asylum Aid was set up in 1990 to deliver high-quality legal representation to people with particularly complex cases who are seeking asylum in the UK.
For over 30 years, we have enabled Survivors of trafficking and torture, stateless people, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable people seeking asylum to gain legal status in the UK and begin rebuilding their lives. We are dedicated to achieving systemic change in the asylum system and improving access to justice by engaging in strategic litigation and securing policy changes for all those seeking protection from persecution.
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For over thirty years, Asylum Aid has been providing legal representation to some of the most vulnerable people seeking asylum. We have built an expert service, delivering vital and life-saving services in some of the most complex legal cases, with a particular speciality working with Survivors of trafficking, unaccompanied minors and stateless people.
The period of the Fellowship, 2023-2024, will be a time of both opportunity and challenge for Asylum Aid in our work to ensure that those who need protection from persecution and other forms of human cruelty obtain it. We expect that the implementation of the Nationality and Borders Act, and the policies embodied in the New Plan for Immigration, will present new challenges for the people we work with, as the same time that conflicts, such as that in Ukraine in early 2022, climate change, and poverty mean that the need for protection will likely increase.
Asylum Aid fills a critical gap in support for people at risk of being returned to danger and violence overseas or languishing in the legal system, resulting in crisis and exploitation in the UK . We know that without the proper time and care, people seeking asylum can end up in limbo for years, causing them great pain and trauma, and leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and potentially being trafficked. At Asylum Aid we provide specialist advice and end-to-end casework, which allows us to gain the insight and knowledge that are essential in putting the best case forward for them, so they are able to obtain legal protection and remain safe.
Since August 2020, Asylum Aid has been part of the Helen Bamber Foundation Group. Asylum Aid operates as an independent charity, led by its own Director within the group structure, and is ambitious about growing its impact and reach in the future to ensure protection from persecution for those who need it. The Helen Bamber Foundation is a pioneering Human Rights charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers who are the survivors of trafficking and torture, including gender-based and ‘honour-based’ violence. Recognising the complexity of each client’s suffering and needs, the Foundation offers specialist services within a Model of Integrated Care encompassing: therapy; medical advice; legal protection; counter-trafficking support; housing & welfare advice; and community and integration.
ABOUT THE ROLE
This is an exciting opportunity to train and qualify as a solicitor within Asylum Aid’s casework team. You will have the opportunity to work, under supervision, on the range of asylum and protection work, including applications under the statelessness procedure, trafficking cases, and family reunion. You will also work on public law claims arising from our casework and support our policy advocacy and strategic legal work.
Asylum Aid will provide all necessary training and supervision to enable you to develop your skills and provide expert legal advice and representation in complex cases. You will also be supported to develop and implement a project as part of your Justice First Fellowship to increase access to justice for those seeking protection in the UK.
As is the nature of this sector, the role will be exposed to a high volume of traumatic and distressing material and, whilst you will be supported by the Immigration supervisor and surrounding team, you should also be able to demonstrate awareness of good self-care principles in an intense work environment.
The Foundation and Asylum Aid is an equal opportunities and Living Wage employer. We are committed to attracting and recruiting diverse candidates as we are keen to make sure that our staff, trustees, volunteers and ambassadors reflect the communities we serve and the wider community we work in at every level within the organisation. We particularly welcome applications from those with BAME backgrounds and with lived experience of the UK immigration system.
Essential Qualifications and Experience
Desirable Qualifications and Experience
Key Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to the essential criteria and desirable criteria above, the ideal candidate will meet the following criteria for the post:
Throughout all aspects of the role
Please note that the successful candidate will be offered the job subject to suitable references and an enhanced DBS check.
If appointed you will be required to give your consent to Asylum Aid to receive regular updates on your criminal records status throughout your employment.
For any queries, please contact Alison Pickup, Director of Asylum Aid, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We regret that we can only respond to applicants who make it to the interview stage. We kindly request no contact from agencies.
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