Winners and Commended Projects of 2015
1st prize – £30,000
Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP)
ASAP’s project reduces the destitution of asylum seekers by protecting their legal rights to food and shelter, and in turn combats the abuse they face when living on the streets and restores their human dignity. ASAPs primarily provide free legal presentation to asylum seekers who are destitute and are appealing a refusal or discontinuation of asylum support by the Home Office, at the Asylum Support Tribunal based in Tower Hamlets. The organisation employs four legal advisors and works with over 40 solicitors and barristers who give their time for free to represent asylum seekers at the Tribunal. There is no legal aid for this representation and without the ASAP service, destitute asylum seekers would have to navigate this complex area of law and represent themselves.