This is the joint website of  Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.

WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved compensation for many women. BWRAP was founded in 1991. It focuses on getting justice for women of colour, bringing out the particular discrimination they face. It has prevented the deportation of many rape survivors. Both organisations are multiracial.

 

 

 

Neisha Hemmings, speaking at the House of Commons, 14 January, 2010

Resource

transcripts.jpgI was in Yarl’s Wood for five months and came out in December 2009. I seek asylum from Jamaica cause I am a lesbian, and in my tribunal case, my partner came and she gave evidence and everything. I’ve given all my letters of support, all my evidence, and in my determination I was told that they didn’t believe that I was a lesbian, but the judge believed my partner (laughter). I have been refused. In the determination, they refused me ‘cause, what happens is that when the judge decided my first case – every other judge is going on that same decision.

So, I was detained on 14 July last year (2009) and I was put on the first track, I did my interview on 29 July, on the next day I was turned down. They told me they would remove me after living here for 12 years. My family lives in Oxford – they are all here, except my parents who passed away. I came here when I was 16, so just like, in December I called my MP, and I called Legal Action for Women, and they sent me the booklet and I started doing my own thing, ‘cause my solicitor messed me up and said he can’t help me anymore. So I contacted LAW to help me with my case, I called my MP Andrew Smith who lives in Oxford, I mean he has helped in my case as well and on the 15 of December, the authorities contacted me and said to me if I want to go [leave Yarl’s Wood], I said yes, and they said go, and I’m out.

Loud applause . . .

Neisha is pursuing a fresh claim with the ongoing support of Black Women’s Rape Action Project

Tags: