Successful Cases & Current Issues

Congratulations to the RLS Athens team for winning the Lexis Nexis 2018 Pro Bono Award

Elder Rahimi is proud to be associated with such a fabulous and necessary project

Refugee Legal Support 

 

Elder Rahimi is very involved in a refugee project in Athens, Greece - Refugee Legal Support (https://www.refugeelegalsupport.org). Our lawyers were part of setting up a pro bono legal clinic in Athens. At the clinic, Iliana (a Greek lawyer), Efi (project coordinator), and three interpreters - Ali, Vafa and Lawrence (all refugees in Greece) - and self funding UK lawyers who travel to Athens on a rota basis, provide free legal support to refugees. We know from our work with Elder Rahimi clients in the UK how terribly difficult the situation in Greece is for refugees and how hard it is to access a lawyer a legal advice that can make a real difference to obtaining safety and a secure and stable future.

 

Even though the media seems to have stopped reporting on it, thousands of people fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa continue to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean and arrive on the Greek islands eg Lesvos and Chios every months. The crippled infrastructure in Greece means that many of those who make the journey are not recognised refugees yet - they do not have a 'legal status' in Greece. Many others remain separated from family members elsewhere in Europe without any hope of being reunited with them any time soon (family reunification is supposedly a human right…). Without a legal status a person is trapped in  limbo. They are unable to take part in public life and access services that we take for granted, like healthcare, the ability to rent a home or take up employment. Importantly they live without hope.

 

We feel very strongly that Western Europe needs to take more responsibility for this situation. We believe that the RLS legal clinic is a small contribution to the solidarity that is needed to tackle what some believe is the 'issue of our times’. Sadly, RLS is running out of money and now needs every donation and support possible.  launched a crowd justice campaign, a way to fundraise for legal campaigns. If you could donate a bit of money and, more importantly, share the campaign please do! Every contribution however small will be valued and please do circulate the link below amongst your friends and networks via email or social media.

 

The link to the campaign is: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/rls-legal-support-for-refugees/ 

 

 

Research Report (final)

Systemic Delays in the Processing of the Claims for Asylum Made in the UK by Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

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In January 2017 Elder Rahimi in partnership with Kent Law Clinic was  granted funding under the Strategic Legal Fund for vulnerable young migrants (SLF).

 

 

 

SLF is a fund to support legal work in the UK that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures to uphold and promote the rights of vulnerable migrant children and young people more generally.

 

The SLF aims to tackle injustices and inconsistencies in law and practice that disadvantage or discriminate against vulnerable young migrants as a result of their migration status.

 

The SLF is an initiative delivered by The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) in partnership with Trust for London, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


Failings of Criminal Justice System for Young Asylum Seekers and Refugees

The Howard League, in conjunction with Elder Rahimi Solicitors (with funding from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund) was to investigate how young asylum seekers and refugees are treated in the criminal justice system. 

Current particular areas of expertise include; family and private life based claims, PBS applications and appeals, deportation, detention and bail, unlawful detention damages claims, disability discrimination claims in the immigration context and regularisation applications.