Asylum, finally, for Aderonke

Our dear friend Aderonke Apata has FINALLY been granted refugee status, after years of fighting for justice.  All along the way, she has fought for the rights of others – for asylum rights, for LGBT+ rights, for human rights.  She is a true inspiration. The news was broken publicly in Attitude today, stating: A Nigerian […]

Empathy & active listening: liberal pursuit or transformative practice?

By Tatiana Garavito @TatGaravito Tatiana Garavito is a migrant’ rights activist and the former director of IRMO and Latin American Women Rights Services, two human rights organisations supporting the Latin American community in the UK. Awarded Young Migrant of the year in 2014, she currently works with HOPE not hate as the national organiser for communities of […]

The impact of detention on LGBT communities

This article was written for Unlocking Detention by Nina Held and Karen Smith, volunteers at Lesbian Immigration Support Group in Manchester. This article was originally published by Justice Gap. The UK is the only European country that detains people indefinitely. If you get a prison sentence you know when you will be released, if you […]

“I’ve found my place in Manchester” – Lesbian Immigration Support Group’s conference

“Without the support of LISG, I know those women would have been removed”.   Keelin McCarthy, barrister at Lamb Building, was just one of the people singing the praises of the Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) at their fantastic conference on Thursday.  LISG are more than just a support group to its members – “It’s emotional, […]

Anatomy of a successful anti-deportation campaign

In the Guardian newspaper this weekend, it was reported that: “A Ugandan gay rights activist has thwarted an attempt by the South African government to deport him amid fears he would be at risk of imprisonment or death if sent home. Officials dropped their case on Thursday against Paul Semugoma, a critic of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality […]

LGBTI rights under attack

A guest blog post from NCADC volunteer, Evelina Gambino The recent months have seen a worrying spread of anti-homosexuality bills approved on a global scale. Severe punishments, penalizing same sex unions have been introduced in several countries. From Sub-Saharian Africa to India and Russia, the increase of intolerance is an alarming sign in regards to […]