Hibiscus Initiatives, established in 1986 (and previously known as FPWP Hibiscus) is a voluntary sector organisation with a track record of delivering high quality services over nearly 30 years. We have developed a widely acknowledged specialist expertise in working with Foreign National (FN) and Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) offenders and detainees in custody, detention and the community. Our person-centred approach is a model that engages and works with clients to support and empower them in dealing with what are often multiple and complex needs and, importantly, addresses the additional disadvantage that language and cultural barriers present.
Our work is widely respected by prison, probation and immigration staff who have time and time again expressed their appreciation for the services we provide.
Our specialist expertise and experience in international reintegration and resettlement, and supporting migrant offenders and those at risk of offending, posits Hibiscus Initiatives as one of the leading organisations supporting foreign nationals involved in the criminal justice system in the UK.
We work with over 1,000 clients from over 119 countries, providing:
- welfare, advice, advocacy, volunteering and befriending in prisons
- reintegration assistance for people released from Immigration Removal Centres
- community resettlement support for ex-offenders
- awareness-raising on the risks of being trafficked to the UK.
We educate and influence policy makers, the media and the public about the experiences of our clients, many of whom end up in the criminal justice system when they should be treated as victims of abject poverty, violence or because they have been coerced into criminal activity.