Our vision statement
Dignity is not a privilege for the few; It is a
right for the many.
Such dignity is afforded to all people, including migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, through the enjoyment of all human rights. It must be protected through the rule of law.
Our mission statement
Empowered by our lived experience, lived expertise life experience, we empower our community to understand and tackle the roots of vulnerability to immigration status-related labour
exploitation/ compulsory exploitation and
Our area of work
Labour rights at the intersectionality of migration laws/ policies, labour laws, and human rights laws.
Meet the team.
Fizza Qureshi, Director
Fizza is the co-CEO of the Migrants' Rights Network. Fizza joined MRN as the Director Designate in August 2016. She previously worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust for just over 3 years covering the London and East of England sexual health and HIV services. Before this, she worked as a Programme Manager for an international medical humanitarian organisation where she was responsible for its UK independent health clinic, and health advocacy programme supporting migrants to access healthcare. Fizza has a degree in Human Rights and Social Change and Biotechnology. She has previously served as Board Member of MRN, the Institute of Race Relations and Healthwatch Newham. Her interests include; immigration, race, music and travelling.
Anuja Pathak, campaign officer
Anuja recently graduated from the University of Leeds where she received a BA in Arabic and Spanish. Her thesis on grassroots feminist organisations in Israel and Palestine theorises an action-oriented methodology of intersectionality. Following graduation, she has worked on projects in a number of fields, such as minority rights in Tunisia and peacebuilding in Akkar, Lebanon. She is particularly interested in how the development field can actively challenge the power dynamics both within organisations and between organisations and the people they serve. Anuja is currently doing an internship in Guatemala.
Anuja will lead our Responsibility to prevent (R2Pr) Immigration status-related modern slavery and discrimination activities.
Dr. Sue Conlan,Director
Sue Conlan, recognised in the UK as a leading lawyer in the field of immigration, has joined Fountain Solicitors after returning to the UK following more than six years working as the CEO of the Irish Refugee Council in the Republic of Ireland. Sue has specialised in nationality, immigration and asylum law, policy and practice for 30 years, both in NGOs and in private legal practice. During that time she has handled cases in the highest courts in the UK and to the European Court of Human Rights. Sue has completed a Ph.D. in the Politics Department at Sheffield University. Sue is keen to ensure that the barriers being erected between citizens and migrants are exposed and challenged.
Sue is also the director of TACTIC. TACTIC aims to be strategic in its support for people who are seeking asylum or have no legal immigration status in the UK. This is done by providing easily-accessible training, consultancy, and by conducting research.
Nick Clack, Director
During over 30 years of experience, I have taken part in trade union activity and research at most levels, from shop steward and national negotiator in manufacturing to Policy Officer in the General Secretary's office of a major UK trade union. During this time I have developed a special interest in the extremes of employer exploitation and in the groups of workers against whom this is disproportionately directed. Since 2009 this interest has been focussed through academic research, albeit usually engaging with trade unions and migrant workers' organisation.
Nick leads the Unpaid Britain project
Ake Achi, Founder & Director
Ake is a former child labourer. He has worked as a trade union regional organiser in the UK for a number of years. He is currently the Deputy General Secretary of the National Trade Union of the Security Officers of Cote d'Ivoire. Ake holds a BSc in International Relations and French and a Master's degree in international human rights law. He is training to become an employment and immigration lawyer. He set up Migrants At Work Ltd because he realised that migrant and British workers from BAME backgrounds are not getting the support they need in the labour market as workers because they are being organised as migrant or BAME workers, instead of workers.
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