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DT 1823 Asylum, Trafficking & Modern Slavery (MANCHESTER)

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):11 July 2019
Start Time:10:00
End Time:17:00
Audience:Immigration caseworkers who work with victims of trafficking.
Main area:Immigration;Asylum;Judicial Review
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:Lucy Mair, Garden Court North Chambers and Carita Thomas, Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)
Tutor biographies:Lucy Mair

Lucy regularly represents clients in all types of immigration and asylum appeals. Lucy is particularly noted for representing vulnerable clients who are victims of human trafficking, torture, domestic violence and sexual or other forms of exploitation. Lucy appears regularly in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals and has had success appealing to the Court of Appeal. She also has experience bringing CART judicial reviews against the Upper Tribunal.
Lucy’s approach to immigration and asylum cases is substantially informed by her detailed knowledge of domestic, regional and international human rights law due to her previous career with Human Rights Watch.

Carita Thomas 

Carita 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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