Women for Refugee Women supports asylum-seeking women, including trans-women.

If you, or someone you know, receives a letter from the Home Office informing them that they will be removed to Rwanda, or that the Home Office is considering their case for removal to a ‘third country’ (NOTICE OF INTENT), it is very important to take action as quickly as possible.

We understand that this can be unsettling. Please be reassured that you are not alone and that we will do everything we can to support you with this situation.

Who will be affected?

The Government have set out criteria of who they are targeting to try to send to Rwanda:

1) You claimed asylum on or after 1 January 2022 and:

  • You came to the UK on a ‘dangerous’ journey (e.g. by boat or lorry, or another way without a valid visa) and passed through another country where the Government says you could have claimed asylum (e.g. France or Italy) and;
  • You have not yet been granted refugee status in the UK.

2) You arrived in the UK at any time, and your asylum claim has been refused, withdrawn or treated as withdrawn, and you don’t have an ongoing claim or appeal.


Get in touch

If you receive a letter from the Home Office about removal to Rwanda, or another third country, and you are an asylum-seeking woman, please reach out to us as soon as possible.

Email us: admin@refugeewomen.co.uk

Please include your full name and phone number in your email. We will call you as soon as possible.


What we will do

Women for Refugee Women is here to support you and to provide guidance. Our Asylum Advisors will offer support with your situation, and we can refer you to specialist lawyers to support your case.

We are in no way connected to the Home Office. Women for Refugee Women is a charity which supports refugee and asylum-seeking women. We are here to support you, should you need it.


What to do if you have to report to the Home Office

It is important to be cautious and prepared, so if you have to report to the Home Office, here are some tips to keep yourself safe:

  • Take important phone numbers with you on a piece of paper (e.g. your solicitor, Women for Refugee Women, a friend or family member)
  • Scan or take a photograph of important documents and email them to yourself (e.g. legal documents related to your case)
  • If you are on regular medication, take these with you when you report
  • Tell someone you trust, like a friend or family member, or WRW staff when you go to report, and when you safely leave reporting

There’s some more helpful information on reporting on Right to Remain’s website here.


If you would like to self-refer

If you would like to self-refer for legal representation, here are two law firms that might be able to help with Rwanda cases:


Things to know

Important things to remember:

  • Time is of the essence, so please act quickly. We are here to support you
  • If you are invited to go to Rwanda in exchange for money, you can say no
  • Do not sign anything without legal advice

If you are detained

It is important to be prepared and cautious. Here’s some useful information on support for people who are detained in immigration detention centres.

If you are an asylum-seeking women and become detained, please contact Gemma as soon as possible by email gemma@refugeewomen.co.uk. Please include your full name and phone number in your email, and Gemma will contact you as soon as possible.

 

Other useful resources:

  • Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group: call if you are taken to Brook House or Tinsley House – 01293 657 070
  • Detention Action: call if you are taken to Heathrow Immigration Removal Centre – 0800 587 2096
  • SOAS Detainee Support: call if you are in Harmondsworth, Colnbrook or Yarl’s Wood – 07438 407 570
  • Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID): call on 0207 456 9750

I'm a man and I need help

Women for Refugee Women supports refugee and asylum-seeking women, including trans-women.

If you are a man and you have received a Notice of Intent and need help, please visit:

You can also self-refer to the solicitors listed above.