Aideen joined ASAP in August 2016 as our new training co-ordinator. After completing her PHD in International Relations, Aideen spent 5 years at the British Red Cross as their Women in crisis casework co-ordinator, where she developed extensive casework skills and specialist training programmes.
Alice joined ASAP in Sep 2013. She began working with asylum seekers in 1998, as a volunteer English teacher at an immigration detention centre. Since then she has worked for the British Red Cross, The Refugee Council and Asylum Aid. During her time at Asylum Aid, she worked for the women’s project as an asylum support caseworker and was a member of the management committee that set up ASAP. Outside of the asylum field, she has worked for a local Women’s Aid project, setting up a domestic abuse helpline and, from 2009 – 13, she managed an advocacy project, focused on supporting people with learning disabilities. Her current role focuses on supporting women in the asylum support system and spans individual representation at the tribunal, training and policy work.
Anna has worked in the UK refugee sector since 2006 in advice, volunteer coordination, policy and research roles. In her work as a welfare and legal adviser at the Refugee Council and the Migrants Resource Centre she developed a specialism in asylum support law. Anna completed her Masters in Refugee Studies at City University in 2010 and went on to take a lead research role in a qualitative study ‘When Maternity Doesn’t Matter’ which examined the health impact of dispersal on pregnant asylum seekers. At ASAP Anna coordinates the duty scheme and the London Destitution Advisory Network, represents asylum seekers at their asylum support appeal hearings, and supports ASAP’s strategic litigation and research work.
Deborah worked for many years as a housing and social welfare solicitor before starting at ASAP in 2013, first at TV Edwards and then at Pierce Glynn. She was on the executive of the Housing Lawyers Practitioners Association, and had many reported homelessness cases in the higher courts, particularly against LB Tower Hamlets. She was also a freelance trainer for Shelter and Legal Action. After leaving private practice in 2009, she did an MA in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex, and then taught on the undergraduate law degree there. She co-writes the Support for Migrants update series in Legal Action magazine and writes the asylum support chapters in CPAG’s ‘Benefits for Migrants’ handbook.
Dianah joined the ASAP team as the Finance and Operations Officer in February 2013. Dianah was born in Uganda and came to join her husband in the UK twelve years ago. Dianah holds a BA (Hons) Business Studies Degree from the University of Essex and is currently pursuing an ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants) qualification. Dianah has amassed over 12 years of experience in human resources, finance and administration in the international development sector and has worked in both Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, including work with the Evelyn Oldfield Unit a second tier refugee organisation in the UK.
Hazel has more than 10 years’ experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and Europe. After studying Law at Leeds University, she went onto work in a variety of roles with Leeds City Council working at asylum reception centres, Refugee Action in Manchester and the British Refugee Council in Yorkshire setting up and managing the support services in Reception centres for newly arrived asylum seekers, and then going on to manage the Refugee resettlement teams in the region. After 18months in Brussels co-ordinating a Refugee Resettlement project for the International Catholic Migration Commission, with UNHCR and IOM she returned to the UK to work on CAFODs Darfur humanitarian programme, regularly travelling to Sudan. Hazel started with ASAP in April 2013 and is delighted to be working for a cause she so is so passionate about.
John practised law in New York and London and has worked as a volunteer in the arts and the criminal justice system. Since May 2015 he has been helping at ASAP two days a week with the duty scheme and research. He enjoys the mix of policy and casework at ASAP and, as an immigrant himself, is glad to be helping other newcomers to these shores.
Kama joined ASAP in February 2014. She has been involved in human rights advocacy since 2004 and has worked on different projects in Poland, Switzerland and Finland. Recently she worked with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers as a generalist adviser at Migrants Resource Centre. Kama graduated from University of Warsaw, specialising in human rights and diplomacy.
Marie-Anne has worked in the refugee sector for the last ten years. After completing a Masters in Development Studies at SOAS she joined the British Red Cross Refugee Services in London as their women’s casework co-ordinator. There she was instrumental in building up their advice service also developing volunteering training and policies. In 2008 she joined ASAP as a legal adviser on the London Project. She has since held the post of Duty Scheme Co-ordinator and is currently working as a legal researcher supporting the solicitor in ASAP’s litigation work. She is the author of the No Credibility report published in 2011. She also works as a Duty Scheme advocate and ASAP trainer. Whilst working, Marie-Anne completed a law conversion course (the GDL) and in summer 2012 passed the Legal Practice Course with distinction.
Mark rejoined ASAP in December 2015, having initially volunteered on the Duty Scheme (2011-2013) and covered the post of Legal Researcher (2013-2014) during Marie-Anne Fishwick’s maternity leave. Since taking up his current post Mark’s core work has been representing asylum seekers in their appeal hearings. He has also carried out research which was submitted to the House of Lords. Prior to working at ASAP Mark trained and qualified as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. As part of his training, he was seconded to the human rights group Liberty for 6 months.