Bail for Immigration Detainee will host in London a conference on the consequences of the legal aid cuts.
The conference will be held on 20th January 2015 at 18:00 at the Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA.
The conference titled “Detained, Denied and Deported: the human consequences of the legal aid cuts”, will examine the effects of the wide-ranging legal aid cuts introduced by the Government in April 2013.
Many people making immigration claims now cannot access legal aid.
Bail for Immigration Detainees said it “regularly receives calls from people who want to challenge their deportation, but are unable to do so without legal representation.”
“Some detainees came to the UK as children, and have lived here all their lives. We are dealing with distressing cases in which parents are being deported and separated from partners and young children in the UK,” Bail for Immigration Detainees added.
A three year deportation advice project launched last year by Bail for Immigration Detainees and the University of Law assists a small number of people who desperately need representation.
“We are also gathering evidence from our casework to lobby against the cuts, and developing strategic legal challenges,” Bail for Immigration Detainees said.
The following will address the conference: Richard Drabble QC, Landmark Chambers, and Carmen Kearney, Legal Manager, Bail for Immigration.