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EEA Women in Prison Project Launch

5 June 2015

The AIRE Centre is proud to announce the launch of its new pilot project, EEA Women in Prison, funded by the Hadley Trust, the Pilgrim Trust, Evan Cornish and Comic Relief.

Over the past decade there has been a significant increase in the numbers of European Economic Area (EEA) women in prison, with a substantial number coming from Eastern European countries.   

By virtue of their free movement rights under EU law, EEA women in UK prisons do not fit simply under the category of ‘immigrants’. However, as they do not have the status of British citizens, the rights of EEA nationals often cause difficulties for advice agencies and lawyers, as their specific legal entitlements are relatively complex and require specialist legal expertise.  

As a response to these problems, the EEA Women in Prison project aims to improve access to justice by providing legal advice and representation to EEA women who face systematic violations of their rights under European law. This includes illegal refusal of early release, inappropriate threats of deportation, failure to identify victims of trafficking and denial of benefit and housing assistance. The project will hold decision makers to account, improve decision making by authorities and enhance the capacity of civil society organisations who work with EEA women in prison.

The EEA Women in Prison Project builds on our previous projects focusing on ‘Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Young People’ and ‘Trafficking and Domestic Violence Legal Project’ and will run alongside our existing work on the Invisible EU Migrants project and Early Legal Intervention for Victims of Trafficking project.

The EEA Women in Prison Project is coordinated by Emma Lough, Legal Project Manager, with the support of Legal Officer, Audrey Cherryl Mogan.

Find out more about the project


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