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WEB 1119 Nigeria: Representing victims of trafficking in their trafficking and asylum claims (PART 3) (WEBINAR)

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This webinar is part of the ILPA Representing Victims of Trafficking Series. We are also running webinars focusing on Albanian (7th Sep) and Vietnamese (5th Oct) victims of trafficking. 

In 2020 Nigeria was downgraded by the US State Department from a Tier 2 country to the Tier 2 watchlist, signifying a worrying deterioration in conditions for victims of trafficking.

This webinar we will explore the best ways to represent Nigerian victims of trafficking in their trafficking claims before the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and their asylum claims before the Home Office/ First-tier Tribunal. The current Country Guidance case of HD (Trafficked women) Nigeria CG [2016] UKUT 00454 (IAC) from the Upper Tribunal places significant weight on an individual’s personal characteristics of vulnerability as being determinative of risk on return and we will explore how to best build a case regarding personal characteristics. Furthermore, the country situation has deteriorated since HD.

While some of the tactics, evidence and legal arguments discussed in this session will be applicable to victims of trafficking from other countries, this webinar will focus explicitly on building the strongest case for Nigerian victims. 

This webinar will examine the following:

•    Common bases for Nigerian trafficking claims and how to best present these (i.e. trafficking for sexual exploitation and domestic servitude); 
•    Common reasons for negative NRM decisions in and how to prevent/ challenge these;
•    Common reasons for negative asylum decisions and how to prevent/ challenge these;
•    Examining the objective country material and how to use it to maximum advantage (i.e. understanding the downgrading by the US State Department TIP rankings looking at other types of country evidence from EASO and beyond);
•    Examining Home Office documents, including the CPINs on Nigerian Trafficking of Women; Nigeria Medical and Healthcare issues; and Nigeria Internal Relocation and how to use these to maximum advantage and/ or challenging or distinguishing their findings where necessary;
•    The importance of expert evidence including medical evidence (also addressing issues of vulnerability) and country evidence;
•    Problems of internal relocation including the civil registration system and the difficulties facing single/lone women with or without children in Nigeria;
•    Sufficiency of protection and the authorities approach to trafficking;
•    Alternative bases for claiming asylum for Nigerian VOTs such as on the basis of poor mental health and the serious harm that may befall those with mental health problems in Nigeria and risks to any children from trafficking; and
•    How to build a case for Article 8 ECHR/ very significant obstacles due to stigma/ discrimination faced by Nigerian trafficking victims, especially assumptions made about young women returning from Europe.

Details

Date:
November 9
Time:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Tutor details:
Lucy Mair, Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers
Tutor biographies:
Lucy is a Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers. Lucy regularly represents clients in all types of immigration and asylum appeals. Lucy is particularly noted for representing vulnerable clients who are victims of human trafficking, torture, domestic violence and sexual or other forms of exploitation. Lucy appears regularly in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals and has had success appealing to the Court of Appeal. She also has experience of bringing CART judicial reviews again the Upper Tribunal. 

Lucy’s approach to immigration and asylum case is substantially informed by her detailed knowledge of domestic, regional and international human rights law due to her previous career with Human Rights Watch. 

Lucy is a co-convenor of the ILPA North West working group.
Price:
Concessionary Training Prices: £50
Member Training Prices: £100
Non Member Training Prices: £150
CPD Hours:
3
Venue:
Zoom
Spaces Left:
42
Level:
Intermediate, Advanced
Audience:
All practitioners working with victims of trafficking. This is an intermediate-advanced course so some knowledge of trafficking and asylum law/processes is essential.
Methods:
Webinar with interactive case studies and Q&A
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