Solicitor at the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Unit (MiCLU) at Islington Law Centre and Freedom from Torture
Sumita is a supervising solicitor on MiCLU’s Kids in Need of Defense UK project at Islington Law Centre, for which she supervises the pro bono advice and representation provided by corporate solicitors to undocumented children and their family members. She started working in immigration and asylum and nationality law in 1999 and has since worked in both legal aid and private practice. Sumita is Senior Immigration Caseworker and Supervisor accredited by the Law Society. She has represented clients seeking asylum and leave to remain in the UK with complex applications and appeals and with their judicial review challenged, Sumita helped to develop a free immigration advice clinic in Manchester where she witnessed the impact of the hostile environment on children and families who struggle to secure status due to the complexity of the immigration rules and lack of publicly funded advice. Sumita also works as a Legal Adviser for Freedom from Torture, a national charity which supports asylum seekers and torture survivors rehabilitate in the UK through trauma focused therapy.