Publications

Women’s Asylum News 136

In this issue of Women’s Asylum News there is new guidance on the 72-hour time limit on detention of pregnant women and new evidence on the extent of sexual assaults that have taken place in the notorious detention centre, Yarl’s Wood. Click the image below to read!  

Open letter to the new Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Dear Home Secretary, Congratulations on your appointment. Your government has committed to leave the European Union while maintaining Britain’s position as a compassionate and outward facing country, meeting our global responsibilities. We are writing to urge you to maintain and increase the UK’s support for people who have fled violence, conflict and persecution, as part…

Asylum Aid statement on the result of the EU referendum

This morning we have learnt that British voters have chosen that the UK should leave the European Union. Given the fundamental importance of the question of our EU membership, it was to be expected that politics and the national conversation at large has been taken over by the debate over ‘Brexit’ for the last few…

Savoo: Shop, search and support Asylum Aid

Asylum Aid has recently partnered with Savoo.co.uk on a new and exciting fundraising project. Every time you use Savoo, you can be donating to us by either searching online, or using their voucher codes & deals to save money. You can now show your support for Asylum Aid when you use Savoo Search, Save and Raise as your online shopping platform….

When we crack down on one border, another, more dangerous route opens up

On Wednesday 1st June, Zoe Gardner from Asylum Aid was interviewed on Sky News Tonight about the growing issue of smugglers taking asylum seekers on perilous journeys across the Channel to the UK. Zoe emphasised the need for a credible, humane response to the refugee crisis, that provides desperate people making chaotic, dangerous journeys with a…

30 under 30 – Doing ‘PR’ for refugee rights

Asylum Aid’s Communications Officer, Zoe Gardner, has been named as one of PR Week magazine’s “30 under 30” for 2016. She blogs about what she loves about the job. Despite the public-facing nature of my job, I am still always surprised and gratified every time I am contacted by a stranger to let me know…

US: Transgender Women Abused in Immigration Detention

Transgender women face a harsh reality in immigration detention in the United States, including sexual assault, harassment, being held in men’s facilities, lack of access to appropriate medical treatment, and indefinite solitary confinement. Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) report of 23 March 2016, “‘Do You See How Much I’m Suffering Here?’: Abuse against Transgender Women in…

“Time to act” on double standards for sexual violence

By Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy & Advocacy at Freedom from Torture On Tuesday 12 April, the Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict issued a progress report on the UK’s global sexual violence initiative. Charities working with refugees in the UK including Freedom from Torture and Asylum Aid say the Home Office is jeopardising the…

Victims of trafficking suffer from long-term mental ill-health

Women who have been trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation continue to experience high rates of mental illness including depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal thoughts, many months after leaving their traffickers. New research published in April by King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine confirms that mental and physical health…