Asylum Aid

Legal advice service for LBGTI Asylum Seekers

LGBTI people in many countries are forced to live in secrecy and shame, or risk prosecution, torture, even death. A few make it to the UK and seek protection. Asylum Aid aims to provide high quality support, advice, and legal representation and campaign for a fairer and more effective asylum system.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 July 2015 to 12:00 AM, 1 July 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (328729)

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Situation

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) asylum applicants often face public derision, a culture of disbelief, and poor decision-making by the Home Office. The great majority of cases are refused on grounds of “credibility,” meaning the caseworker and judges did not believe the person was a lesbian or gay man. The failure of the HO to reach fair, sustainable decisions has a disproportionate effect on LGBTI claimants, many of whom are left isolated and vulnerable.

Solution

The overall aim of this project to ensure that LGBTI asylum seekers get the protection they need by providing free and accessible legal representation of the highest quality and by improving the quality of asylum decision making. The project focuses on three targets: the asylum system in the UK, legal representatives, and LGBTI asylum seekers themselves. We believe this triangulation can be most effective in progressing towards a fairer and more effective asylum system.