About US

Hibiscus enables marginalised migrant women trapped in the immigration and criminal justice systems to rebuild their lives. Our vision is to build a fair and just society where inequalities are eliminated from the criminal justice and immigration systems.

SUPPORTING WOMEN WITH IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS

Set up in 1986 by Olga Heaven MBE, Hibiscus Initiatives (Hibiscus) is a voluntary sector organisation with a track record of delivering high-quality services for over 30 years.

Our work falls into four broad areas:

Prisons
Community
International resettlement
Human trafficking

Our person-centred approach engages the clients, supporting and empowering them in dealing with their multiple and often complex needs and, importantly, addresses the disadvantage that language and cultural barriers present.

In addition to being a lifeline to our clients, 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 in international reintegration and resettlement, and supporting migrant offenders and those at risk of offending, places Hibiscus as one of the leading organisations supporting foreign nationals and BMER groups and individuals involved in the UK criminal justice system.

We work with over 1,000 clients from over 119 countries, providing:

  • welfare, advice, advocacy, volunteering and mentoring in prisons;
  • reintegration assistance and practical and emotional support for people in detention and those released from immigration removal centres;
  • community resettlement support for ex-offenders;
  • identification of potential victims of trafficking and awareness-raising on the risks of being trafficked to the UK.

Purpose Statement

Hibiscus enables marginalised migrant women trapped in the immigration and criminal justice systems to rebuild their lives.
Our mission is to;

  • provide advocacy, support and specialist services to marginalised, vulnerable foreign national and BMER women.
  • enable informed choices.
  • promote social justice and respect.
  • reduce inequalities.

Vision

Our vision is to build a fair and just society where inequalities are eliminated from the criminal justice and immigration systems.

“Very impressed with excellent work and attitude of Hibiscus who support those trafficked and vulnerable…An excellent organisation for statutory partners to work with and learn from”

Victims Commissioner for London

We listen, then take action. We educate and influence policy makers. We are frontline workers. Meet the Team