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Re-Launch of Esmee Fairbairn Project

1 May 2012

The AIRE Centre is delighted to have the opportunity to further its work on providing legal expertise and services for its Trafficking and Domestic Violence Legal Project. The three-year project from 2012 – 2015 is receiving generous funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation with a total grant of £156,700.

In addition to providing legal services for victims of domestic violence and trafficking in the U.K., the project will involve providing legal services for certain migrant women in prison. The project focuses on the rights of migrants, particularly those from the European Union, and many from outside the EU, under European law.  This includes residence rights and access to social assistance or other support for vulnerable and traumatised individuals.

This support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will enable the AIRE Centre to expand its provision of advice and representation for victims of human trafficking or victims of domestic violence and their representatives, and EEA national women in prisons who are facing discrimination or other difficulties.

It will also enable us to continue to deliver training sessions on these issues to colleagues working in these areas, and take cases to the European Court of Human Rights and petitions other European institutions.

This funding is especially important now, when many of the voluntary sector organisations working with these groups in the U.K. have less capacity to provide assistance.  The AIRE Centre is extremely grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for its support.

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