Here for Good empowers at-risk migrants to secure and safeguard their rights through free, high-quality legal services and strategic legal work. In a fractured immigration environment, the charity adopts a specialist and flexible approach to respond to emerging challenges in a collaborative, deliberate, enduring way.
We work in innovative partnerships to provide legal support to those most-in need, and to fight against unjust and unlawful policies. Our unique model, which can be deployed to plug gaps quickly and efficiently, ensures that no one gets left behind.
We currently provide free advice on the EU Settlement Scheme, the Ukraine Schemes and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy. We are extremely proud to have successfully supported thousands to secure their immigration status in the UK and impacted tens of thousands more through our strategic litigation work.
Unique Legal Model
Here for Good has a unique structure built on close partnerships. Our team of lawyers are based within law firms and legal centers where they benefit from the partner organisation’s knowledge, expertise and supervisory and regulatory structures. We also have a network of skilled volunteer immigration lawyers taking on cases across the UK.
This model has enabled us to provide vital additional capacity across the UK, and provide free high-quality advice and support where it was previously not available. We can join up community-level referrals with specialist advice, and take on strategic litigation and policy work to challenge systemic issues.
Responding to Brexit
Here for Good was originally set up to provide free and high-quality legal advice to Europeans and their family members post-Brexit who are unable to access legal aid to secure their immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Our legal team and network of volunteer lawyers primarily work to support individuals experiencing homelessness; those in financial hardship; domestic violence and trafficking survivors; members of the Roma community; children in care; older people; and others with complex needs. Here for Good also conducts strategic litigation and policy work to uphold and advance the rights of the communities we support.
Responding to other emergency immigration crises
Immigration crises emerge at pace. Chronic underinvestment in legal aid provision has left the sector unable to meet demand. Our unique model can be deployed to plug gaps quickly and efficiently, ensuring no one gets left behind.
Within weeks of the Ukraine scheme opening, we were able to use our partnership with Wilsons to assemble a team of lawyers to run our Ukraine Project, providing legal support and conducting strategic work to ensure the scheme works fairly for all. We have also set up a partnership to respond to the lack of support available to Afghan refugees who fall outside the rules of the UK’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy with the aim of creating systemic change. Here for Good will continue to respond meaningfully and intentionally to emerging immigration crises where free legal assistance is not available.
Find out more about Here for Good
Read more about Here for Good’s work in our 2022/2023 Annual Trustee Report.
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