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WEB 1039 The Phenomenon of Transnational Marriage Abandonment

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The webinar will look at the phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment, a form of domestic abuse which involves migrant women being deliberately stranded abroad, and how immigration lawyers can assist stranded spouses to return to the UK. 

Topics:

1)    The phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment: what is it and what common experiences are reported by stranded spouses
2)    Litigation relating to the phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment: what has been done in family law and what needs to be done in immigration law 
3)    Assisting victims of transnational marriage abandonment to return to the UK: theory and practice  

Programme:

13:45 – 14:00 Registration 
14:00 – 14:10 Introductions
14:10 – 14:30  the phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment: common experiences and why it is a form of domestic abuse
14: 30 – 14:50: SBS’ work to include the phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment in family law regulations and in immigration law 
14:50 – 15:00; group discussion/Q&A regarding the phenomenon of TMA
15:00 – 15:45: different options to assist stranded spouses to return to the UK, with case studies 
15:45 – 16:00: Q&A
16:00 – end 

 

Details

Date:
September 17
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tutor details:
Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters and Nath Gbikpi, Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP
Tutor biographies:
Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and Women Against Fundamentalism. She worked as a co-ordinator and senior case worker for SBS from 1982 to 1993 when she left to train as a solicitor. In 2009 she returned to SBS as its Director. She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism. She has also written extensively on race, gender and religion.

Pragna and her colleagues at SBS have been leading campaigns to raise awareness of transnational marriage abandonment and to reform family and immigration law, policy and practice to address the needs of survivors. They have trained family law judges, worked with the previous President of the Family Division and have brought together immigration law practitioners  to form a working group to work with the Home Office with a view to reforming immigration law. 

Nath Gbikpi is a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors and a co-convenor of the ILPA Family and Personal Working Group. Her practice covers a wide range of immigration, asylum and nationality law, with particular emphasis on applications based on partnership, family and private life; asylum on the basis of sexual identity; and the rights of Europeans and their family members. 

Nath has assisted several victims of transnational marriage abandonment to return to the UK. She volunteers for Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre and UKLGIG; writes regularly for Free Movement; and is a JCWI trustee.
Price:
Concessionary Training Prices: £30
Member Training Prices: £60
Non Member Training Prices: £100
CPD Hours:
2
Venue:
Webinar
Aim of Course:
To raise awareness regarding the phenomenon of transnational abandonment; highlight the issues with the current rules and how they can prevent stranded spouses from returning to the UK; and share experiences with assisting stranded spouses to return to the UK. 
Spaces Left:
28
Level:
Basic, Intermediate
Audience:
Immigration law practitioners and others working with migrant victims of domestic abuse.
Methods:
Webinar with case studies/group discussions
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