DT 1818 Asylum, Trafficking & Modern Slavery

This one-day course looks at the law, processes and skills involved in representing victims of trafficking in an immigration context. The morning session will cover the identification process, legal challenges and the range of immigration issues that might be engaged. The afternoon session will focus on the practical skills required in representing victims of trafficking who are seeking asylum. 

Event details

Date(s):18 June 2019
Start Time:10:00
End Time:17:00
Audience:Immigration caseworkers who work with victims of trafficking.
Main area:Immigration;Asylum
Aim of course:

This session will provide an introduction and comprehensive overview on the issues involved in representing victims of trafficking and modern slavery, the different routes to obtaining leave, and guidance on legal challenges. We will also consider how to work with clients, and the skills required to prepare successful cases. 


Identification of victims of trafficking and slavery, the law (including ECAT, Home Office guidance, and case law), the funding of cases, Rules-based and discretionary leave, human rights and protection applications, remedies (including reconsiderations, judicial review and appeals) and their interplay, drafting witness statements, instructing experts, preparing representations and appeals, and working under a Legal Aid contract. 

Tutor details:Julian Bild and Carita Thomas, Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)
Tutor biographies:

Julian Bild qualified as a solicitor with Wilson LLP, in 1997. Since then he has specialised in representing asylum seekers, but with extensive experience of general immigration work. For many years, Julian supervised the Upper Tribunal work at the Immigration Advisory Service, later becoming their Training and Quality Manager. For the last few years he has worked as a consultant, trainer, and lecturer in immigration and asylum law and practice. He has contributed to publications including the HJT Immigration Manual, the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Handbook, and Butterworth's Immigration Law Service. He has also trained for ILPA, lectured for the Law Society, and has drafted the OISC’s competence assessments. His notable cases include: RN (Returnees) Zimbabwe CG [2008] UKAIT 00083, EM and Others (Returnees) Zimbabwe CG [2011] UKUT 98 (IAC), HH (Criminal record; deportation: "war zone") Iraq [2008] UKAIT 00051 and YT (Minority church members at risk) Eritrea CG [2004] UKIAT 00218.

Julian works at ATLEU as an immigration solicitor representing victims of trafficking and also works for ATLEU's private arm, Saltworks.

Carita Thomas qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and worked at Sheffield firm Howells LLP before joining ATLEU in 2015. She is accredited as a senior immigration caseworker and supervisor and police station representative. She was shortlisted as a finalist in the immigration category for the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards. Carita is the co-convenor of the Legal Aid Working Group of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and is a former committee member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers. In 2013 Chambers and Partners noted her “excellent work with vulnerable clients, particularly victims of trafficking”. She was ranked individually in Chambers and Partners 2014 as an associate to watch with the entry stating: “Sources say: “She will work herself to death for her clients. She does quality work and is very thorough, which makes a difference.”” Carita's work for private paying clients has covered all areas of immigration law from family migration, European law applications, citizenship, judicial review and business migration. Her notable trafficking cases include AB v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 1490 (Admin) (22 May 2015) in which the court quashed a finding that the Claimant was not a victim of trafficking and ordered the government to remake the decision, ruling that it was unlawful for the SSHD not to engage with expert evidence or give reasons if she chose to reject it. 

Additional information:Lunch and refreshments are included. Please advise of any specific dietary requirements when booking.
PriceNon Member Training Prices: £480
Member Training Prices: £240
Concessionary Training Prices: £120

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