|UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group welcomes Theresa May's decision|
to review asylum process
PRESS RELEASE 31.3.14 UKLGIG PUBLICATIONS
|14TH OCTOBER, 2013 UKLGIG PUBLISHES 'MISSING THE MARK'|
3 1/2 years after "Failing the Grade", UKLGIG has published a further in-depth report
into decision making on Lesbian, Gay (Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) asylum claims.
UKLGIG is grateful to all those who contributed to the report, in particular: Lord Avebury,
Keina Yoshida, Erin Power, Catherine Robinson, AbsolutQueer Photography
... and the asylum seekers whose cases were used in the review.
UK LESBIAN & GAY IMMIGRATION GROUP WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG), the only national organisation dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, is pleased to announce that Paul Dillane has been appointed Executive Director. Paul joins UKLGIG from Amnesty International UK with over a decade’s experience of working on refugee and human rights issues.
Tim Barnden, Chair of UKLGIG, said –
“UKLGIG is excited to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Paul Dillane. Paul will be joining us from Amnesty International UK, where he has been working for six years as a highly regarded Refugee Researcher. He brings a wealth of experience at a time when UKLGIG is moving forward in responding to new challenges and building on our successes in forging better futures for LGBTI refugees here in the UK. We can’t wait to have him on board.”
Paul Dillane said -
“It is a real privilege to be appointed UKLGIG’s Executive Director and I am excited to join such a talented and committed team. UKLGIG provides unique support to frequently isolated LGBTI asylum seekers across the country, many of whom have been beaten, tortured and imprisoned because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
“LGBTI people experience discrimination and violence on a daily basis in many countries around the world. Despite legal successes in recent years, LGBTI people seeking asylum in the UK continue to face a range of challenges in navigating the complex, and frequently unsympathetic, asylum system. Earlier this year, following much criticism, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, ordered an investigation into the treatment of LGBTI asylum claims. I look forward to working with the team to advocate for greater respect and better protection of LGBTI people who flee to this country in search of sanctuary.”
Paul began his career in South Wales working for a number of legal aid law firms, where he represented people in a wide range of asylum and immigration proceedings. From 2008, Paul was Amnesty International UK’s Refugee Researcher where he was responsible for the organisation’s involvement in domestic legal proceedings. Paul provided often crucial expert evidence in several hundred asylum claims. A human rights and LGBTI activist, Paul is often invited to speak on a wide range of asylum, LGBTI and human rights issues.
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The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) was created in 1993, as Stonewall Immigration Group, to lobby for legislative change to allow same-sex couples to remain together in the UK. The Group achieved this aim in 1997. Since 2003, while continuing its work for same-sex couples, UKLGIG has dedicated itself to supporting LGBTI asylum seekers in the UK. UKLGIG has achieved great success in dramatically advancing the position in UK law for those who claim asylum on the basis of their sexual identity or gender identity and improving the decision-making and asylum processes. UKLGIG celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013.