Migrants Organise (London) - Legal Volunteer (1 day a week)

Migrants Organise is a platform where migrants and refugees organise for power, dignity and justice. We work across the UK to bring community organisations, individuals, and institutions together on a common platform to act with, not for, migrants and refugees. We aim to make our communities stronger, more powerful and create spaces for us to speak out on issues affecting migrants and refugees, from isolation, discrimination, immigration policy, structural racism and more.

The Community Programme at Migrants Organise is currently supporting more than 400 individuals through its work. We match asylum seekers and refugees with volunteer mentors for one-to-one support, offer casework support and run weekly activities (eg. English classes, Sewing Group, Poetry Group). We also run a Legal Support Project headed by a barrister from No5 chambers and we provide ongoing immigration and welfare advice and casework. 

In October 2017 we initiated the strategic Migrants Mental Capacity Advocacy (MMCA) project, to help adult migrants who suffer from ongoing mental health issues, and might therefore lack mental capacity to make immigration decisions. We work with a panel of professionals including solicitors from Southwark Law Centre, Bindmans and an NHS neuro-psychiatrist. We are also currently funded by the Strategic Legal Fund to look into the lawfulness of the current immigration bail regime. 

The MMCA project is looking for a legal volunteer to assist our Legal Organiser in coordinating the MMCA Project, assisting with day-to-day casework, and office management. We are looking for someone who can come in once a week at least for 6 months from October 2019  - February 2020, preferably on Mondays (other days are available, except for Fridays). Reasonable lunch and travel expenses will be reimbursed. 

Your responsibilities: 

  • Assisting with legal research and writing 

  • Assisting with general office and project administration

  • Helping with the project’s policy work 

  • Helping with campaigning work and external communications effort

You will also assist with casework under the Community Programme:

  • To offer 1-2-1 advice to migrants and refugees on their welfare rights and entitlements 

  • To provide advocacy to clients consisting of making phone calls, writing letters, filling in forms, making appropriate referrals 

  • Keep records and provide brief reports as appropriate

  • Being a friendly face in the office: picking up the phone, being on reception

  • Ensuring correct data entry and record keeping

  • Other duties on an ad hoc basis

Skills and Knowledge 

  • Familiarity with immigration law and/or the social welfare system (community care, benefits, housing, etc.). Familiarity with mental capacity law is desired but not required

  • Legal research skills

  • Ability to speak clearly and confidently adapting style to needs of members

  • Ability to produce clear well-structured written information and advice  

  • An ability to build good rapport with vulnerable migrants and refugees 

  • A commitment to equality & diversity and the rights of all individuals to respect and fair treatment

  • Ability to work proactively and being self-sufficient 

Application Process 

If you are interested in the role, please your CV and a covering letter to Brian Dikoff (brian@migrantsorganise.org). The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 27 September 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview taking place the following week on Tuesday, 1 October 2010, to start immediately.