The right to legal representation

Manuel Bravo Project – Legal assistance for people seeking asylum

manuel_bravo_croppedThe Manuel Bravo Project is a volunteer-based service which offers legal assistance to unrepresented asylum seekers. We offers free legal advice to asylum seekers who wish to appeal against a negative first decision or submit a fresh claim for asylum and who cannot obtain legal aid. The project employs seven part time staff and has around 110 active volunteers. We rely heavily on people giving their time free for pro bono legal work and in other important roles such as Researcher, Host, Interpreter and Court Support.

The ever decreasing legal aid provisions for asylum seekers means that our services are more in demand than ever and to keep up with this demand we need to call upon the wealth of expertise and compassion in our local community. At the moment we work in partnership with three incredible law firms who make a real difference to the lives of asylum seekers and they are; DLA Piper, Eversheds and DAC Beachcroft. These firms are doing a fantastic job but we need more like them on board.

Legal volunteer, Jennifer Deakin, of DLA Piper says,

“Working with the Manual Bravo Project is very rewarding. As a non-contentious lawyer, it is often challenging from a professional perspective, but through my work on cases, I have improved my legal skills. From a personal perspective, I believe in the right to have access to legal representation and ultimately the satisfaction and sense of achievement gained from having helped some of the people who need it most is second to none.”

We provide a full, CPD-accredited training package which is delivered by an Immigration Tribunal Judge and expert Immigration Caseworkers. We also provide ongoing support and supervision for all volunteers, and further training in specialist areas such as Gender-based violence and LGBTI policy and law.

If you work for a law firm or know someone who does and would like to get involve, please contact Sabeeha Khan, our Legal Development Worker, on 0113 350 8608 or email sabeeha.khan@manuelbravo.org.uk.

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