Allies for Justice

Allies for Justice (AFJ) is a campaign group for people with lived experience of navigating the UK’s asylum system, immigration detention and deportation system.

We are passionate and committed to campaigning and we use our lived experience as a form of expertise, together with our other knowledge and skills, to challenge the cruelty of immigration detention, the broken asylum system and the injustice of deportation policies.

We believe in a humane, fair and just immigration and asylum system. Our mission is to create real and positive change. We are an integral part of the Detention Action family and we work collaboratively with Detention Action in its campaigns work, bringing our experience and expertise into the organisation and its work.


Winnie – Fundraising and Partnerships Volunteer

Winnie is a lived experience campaign volunteer who values human rights and justice for everyone. She carries out advocacy and campaigns around the issues affecting people seeking asylum and others in the UK immigration system.

She also acts as the assistant fundraising and finance coordinator for Allies For Justice, raising funds by working closely with donors and partners as well as organising and coordinating events.

Ruudi – Visual Arts and Content Creation Volunteer

Ruudi is the assistant visual arts, graphic designing and content creator for Allies for Justice. He sees AFJ as having an important role to play in challenging inhumane and unjust Home Office policies.

Sylvester – Projects and Public Engagement 

Sylvester coordinates AFJ campaigns and manages some of AFJ’s external relationships.  He believes in an immigration system that centres the rule of law and human rights. He hopes to raise awareness around the impact and harm of immigration detention.  

M.K. – Policy and Research Lead 

M.K. coordinates AFJ’s policy, research and public engagement work. A qualified solicitor in England and Wales, he has supported many people in the  immigration and asylum system. He has significant expertise when it comes to advocating for fair and just treatment. He hopes to use his skills and experience to help Allies for Justice in campaigning against indefinite immigration detention and all hostile immigration policies.

David – Media Lead 

David is passionate about the wellbeing of people seeking asylum and achieving justice for them. In his work as Media Lead, he produces social media content and responds to press requests for AFJ. He is determined to use lived experience of the system to challenge indefinite immigration detention and unjust deportation policies. 

Hema – Grassroots and Outreach Lead  

Hema contributes to AFJ’s research reports and coordinates AFJ’s relationships with grassroots organisations. She advocates and campaigns on issues affecting migrants, people seeking asylum and refugees. Her research for AFJ is specifically focused on the relationship between the immigration system, human rights and social inclusion. She has experience working in community radio, producing digital content and creative writing. She is motivated by the belief that no one should be treated inhumanely due to their immigration status.

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