Policy and Public Affairsenable women with lived experience to become agents of change to reduce inequalities in the immigration and criminal justice system.  

Our focus: 

  • Centring the voices of women with lived experience to ensure the positive impact on the lives of migrant women at the intersection of the immigration and criminal justice systems.   
  • Enabling women with lived experience to be the leaders to end racial and gender injustices which prevent fair and timely access to immigration advice and legal provision.  
  • Gathering data, conduct research, write reports and present recommendations to key stakeholders in policy and public affairs to achieve change.    
  • Partnering with women with lived experience in the community, prisons, and detention centres to create platforms to amplify their voices in pursuit of a more just and swifter immigration and criminal justice system.  
  • Running bi-weekly intersectional feminism group.  
  • Delivering training on cultural mediation and intersectionality of the immigration and criminal justice system to other stakeholders.  
  • Working alongside other organisations to amplify the voices of those with lived experience through social media. 
  • Providing training for external organisations to work with women with lived experience to support them to becomes agents of change in their lives. 
  • Responding to calls of evidence which relate to the lived experience of the women that Hibiscus supports in the community, detention centre’ and prisons  


Ghadah Alnasseri
Head of Policy and Public Affairs
0207 697 4120 ext 4128

Tackling Double Disadvantage Project

The project aims at ending inequality for Black, Asian, minoritised and migrant women in the criminal justice system. The project is a new partnership project funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. It is made up of Hibiscus Initiatives, Muslim Women in Prison (MWIP), Zahid Mubarek Trust (ZMT), Agenda, Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) and Women in Prison. Together, we are ‘doubling down’ on the issues highlighted in the 2017 Double Disadvantage Report to address inequalities for Black, Asian, minoritised and migrant women in the criminal justice system which remain prevalent. Through the collective knowledge of specialist organisations and women with lived experience, together we have created a clear and practical action plan to reduce inequalities and discrimination experienced by Black, Asian, minoritised and  migrant women. This work builds on the existing commitments in the Government’s Female Offender Strategy (2018), to understand and meet the needs of Black, Asian and minoritised women in the criminal justice system.   

Tackling Double Disadvantage Ending inequality for Black, Asian, minoritised and migrant women in the criminal justice system” 

A 10-point action plan for change 

 In partnership with Hibiscus Initiatives, Muslim Women In Prison,Zahid Mubarek Trust, Criminal Justice Alliance andWomen In Prison, we have developed a 10-point action plan for change to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities and discrimination against Black, Asian, minoritised and migrant women in contact with the criminal justice system. 

Read our Action Plan

Too-often ignored, women face the ‘double disadvantage’ of gender inequality and racism when they encounter the criminal justice system. This stops them from getting the support they need both within the system and when they try to rebuild their lives outside, leaving them at risk of reoffending. 

Women’s experiences of violence and abuse can drive them into the criminal justice system, with many serving short sentences for non-violent offences. Many face further abuse and vulnerability as they experience the ‘ripple effects’ of criminal justice involvement like worsening mental health, isolation, and poverty. For Black, Asian, minoritised and migrant women these experiences can be compounded by racism and discrimination. In many cases women can face additional disadvantage in the form of faith inequalities when they encounter the criminal justice system. 

Our 10-point action plan, developed through consultation with women with lived experience as well as government officials and specialist organisations, provides clear steps that are needed to make a real difference in the lives of the most marginalised women in our community. 

Read and share our action plan