Justice for Mariam

by Migrants Organise Ltd. in London, England, United Kingdom

Justice for Mariam
We did it
On 5th April 2022 we successfully raised £5,730 ( + est. £782.25 Gift Aid ) with 137 supporters in 28 days

Mariam needs our help to get access to justice!

by Migrants Organise Ltd. in London, England, United Kingdom

Mariam Yusuf is an extraordinary human being. Kind, generous, understanding, and supportive of all people around her, especially of hundreds of refugee and migrant women she is supporting and  organising with  in solidarity. 

Her quiet confidence, resilience, and calm are even more impressive when you learn of challenges she has had to overcome in her life as a refugee since 2008. Because challenges are many, we need your help to ensure Mariam can get justice and rebuild her life.  

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When Mariam came to the UK, she did not speak a word of English. She fled Somalia, and her father managed to arrange for what he thought would be safe passage for his daughter. Upon her arrival, the person she trusted to help her abandoned her at the Home Office building. They lied to her that it was a charity that would help her apply for asylum. As she could not speak English and explain her situation, she was detained and then dispersed. 

Mariam had no understanding of what was happening to her and did not know her rights. She was alone and scared, but Mariam is a survivor. She started learning English and making friends. The Hostile Environment system meant that Mariam was moved around the country several times, had no access to support, and after years in limbo, was refused protection. This meant she was no longer getting even the minimal support that those still waiting could get. Luckily, friends and many charities where Mariam volunteered provided a lifeline and shelter when she was threatened with homelessness. 

Mariam has been stuck in our hostile immigration system for more than a decade. While waiting, she continued to volunteer for many great charities. Her commitment and support for others were recognised, and in March 2016, she was on the stage at the Royal Festival Hall to receive the Women On the Move Award. 

This short video made for these Awards in 2016 shows how powerful, respected, and loved  Mariam is.

After so many years of waiting, Mariam's claim for protection became very complicated. The authorities, known for their adversarial culture of disbelief have failed to consider many of Mariam's experiences and vulnerabilities.

Now, after 14 years of waiting and hardship, Mariam has new hope. Her lawyers have identified several experts whose reports will provide the necessary evidence for her application for protection. Unfortunately, Mariam is not eligible for legal aid and as she was never allowed to work she has no income of her own, and  expert reports and legal advice are expensive. Mariam's friends and her partner are helping a lot and wholeheartedly support Mariam, but we are £5,000 short, and we urgently need your help.

Please donate and support Mariam's quest for safety and justice. After so many years of struggle, let's make sure Mariam can continue living her life with the dignity and respect she deserves.

Your donations will be received on Mariam's behalf  by the charity Migrants Organise, who will pay the legal fees and experts to represent Mariam. We, therefore, ask you to gift aid your donations if you are a UK taxpayer. Thank you! 

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