As one of the leading charities providing specialist services to foreign national and BMER women and men affected by the UK criminal justice system, we also aim to provide high quality evidence to policy-makers on the issues our clients face.

Drawing on our 30 years of experience and expertise, we promote solutions we know will empower our clients. We work with numerous partners across different sectors to provide the necessary information and support for the situations our clients face.


The foreign national female prison population accounts for 10.5% of the female prison population in the UK.

More than half of women in prison (53%) report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child

Last year we provided support to:

  • 200 individuals with human trafficking concerns in prisons, in community and in immigration removal centres

Black women were twice as likely as white women to receive a custodial sentence in the Crown Court for drugs offences. Asian and other minority ethnic women were over 40% more likely than white women to be convicted at magistrates’ court.

Analysis conducted for the Lammy Review of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in the Criminal Justice System (2016)

Last year we provided support to:

  • Over 150 women in our Women’s Centre
  • 390 women and men in prisons (HMP Peterborough, HMP Downview, HMP Send, and HMP Bronzefield)
  • Over 1,700 women, men and families in Immigration Removal Centres and Gatwick PDA


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