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. Statistics from some prisons now show that 40-50% of the foreign national prison population is made up of EEA women.
Through the AIRE Centre’s advice line and legal casework, we have witnessed systematic violations of EU law by authorities and decision-makers. These include inappropriate threats to deportation; illegal refusal of early release and denial of benefit and housing assistance to which they are entitled. The growing demand for advice on these issues highlights a significant need for specialist legal advice in this area.
The EEA Women in Prison Project is funded to implement a focused initiative to address the specific needs of these women and their family members.
The EEA Women in Prison Project is generously funded by the Hadley Trust, the Pilgrim Trust, Evan Cornish and Comic Relief.
The project aims to identify the specific issues that cause common difficulty for EEA women in prison and develop a targeted strategy to reduce these problems in the longer term by raising awareness and providing specialist legal advice. We plan to collect detailed information on the proportion of women in the foreign national prison population in the UK and work with prison authorities and organisations to provide a sustainable support network and improve access to justice for EEA women in prison.
The project will:
In order to achieve our aims, we will:
The EEA Women in Prison project is coordinated by Emma Lough, Legal Project Manager, with the support of the Legal Project Officer, Audrey Cherryl Mogan.
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