Human Trafficking

If you cannot return to your home country because you have been trafficked into the UK, then you may qualify for discretionary leave or refugee status.

Human trafficking may be raised as part of an asylum claim, or during another immigration process.

Legal Aid may be available with this service.

Legal aid is government assistance to meet legal costs for persons who are unable to afford legal representation.*

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is an act of recruitment, transportation, harboring or receipt of a person,

by threat, force, or deception,

for the purpose of exploitation (mainly forced labour, or prostitution).

The principal European Union legislation is: the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings * Warsaw, 16.V.2005 (Anti-Trafficking Convention). In the UK the Secretary of State has established a National Referral Mechanism for identifying and supporting victims of trafficking. It involves three key stages:

(1) If a “First responder” (for examples the Home Office and the Refugee Council) identifies a potential victim of trafficking s/he must be referred to the UK Human Trafficking Centre (“UKHTC”).

(2) Then the “Competent Authority” – either the UKHTC or a unit within the Home Office – will, if possible, within five days, determine whether there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that the person referred is a victim of trafficking. If such a determination is made the person will be given a 45-day recovery and reflection period with support.

(3) After the expiry of the 45 days, the Competent Authority will make a final decision as to whether there are, on the balance of probabilities, sufficient grounds to decide that he or she is a victim of trafficking, i.e. a “conclusive grounds decision”.

We Can Help

At Haris Ali Solicitors, we have much experience in representing persons who have been trafficked to the UK and challenging Home Office decisions. (For example, this year we were granted permission, by the Upper Tribunal (IAC) for judicial review in a case which the Secretary of State for the Home Department had made a decision to certify our client’s case as “clearly unfounded” under section 94 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002).

We can assist you, if you are a victim of human trafficking in respect of initial advice on being referred to the Competent Authority,

We can assist you in bringing an asylum claim,

We can help in liaising with the Home Office, and relevant social services,

We can attend Home Office interviews with you,

If your claim is not recognised by the Secretary of State we can help with preparation and presenting your appeal before the First-tier Tribunal.

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We can assist you, if you are a victim of human trafficking in respect of initial advice on being referred to the Competent Authority,

We can assist you in bringing an asylum claim,

We can help in liaising with the Home Office, and relevant social services,

We can attend Home Office interviews with you.

Haris Ali Solicitors can help

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