Hibiscus Initiatives empowers and champions the rights of foreign national and black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) clients serving a custodial sentence, released into the community or returned to their home country. The charity was set up in 1986 by Olga Heaven MBE. Find out more about who we are and what we do.
Our mission is to…
- empower foreign national, black and minority ethnic and refugee groups, affected by the criminal justice and immigration systems
- provide advocacy, support and specialist services to marginalised groups to enable informed choices and positive change
- promote justice, respect and to reduce inequalities.
Our aims are to…
- reduce isolation and hardship experienced by our clients in prison, immigration detention and the community
- to facilitate the successful rehabilitation of clients upon release and ultimately see a reduction in reoffending and inter-generational cycles of offending
- provide an effective advocacy service for our clients within the criminal justice and immigration systems
- provide a link between our clients and their families, especially with their children
- facilitate education and training for our clients
- ensure the ‘equality of treatment’ for all foreign nationals within prison and detention
- help minimise the damaging effects of depression and mental illness caused by incarceration
- educate statutory, voluntary agencies and the general public about our clients and reduce prejudice against them.
Hibiscus Initiatives Limited is a registered charity no. 1104094 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no. 4533442
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356 Holloway Road
London N7 6PA