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Jan 08 2015 06:40am Looking for some freelance interpreting work? Got an interpreting qualification and experience of public sector interpreting? Please email us on: interpreting@praxis.org.uk for an application pack.

All languages are welcome, but we are in particular need for Vietnamese and Kurdish interpreters.

Deadline for application: Friday, 23rd January.

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Praxis - Christmas Closing

Praxis will be closed to the public from:
Monday 22nd December to Monday 5th January 2015

There will be no drop-in clinics or phone advice during this period, and we will be unable to take any new referrals. In case of emergency, some of these telephone numbers might be useful:

If you are homeless:

  • Shelter: 0808 800 4444
  • No Second Night Out (if you had nowhere to stay last night): 0870 383 3333


Illness or accidents:

  • St Andrew’s Walk-in Centre, 1-3 Birchdown House, Devons Road E3 3NS 8.00am – 8.00pm
  • Barkantine Walk-in Centre, 121 Westferry Road E14 8JH 8.00am – 8.00pm
  • Accident & Emergency, The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London E1 1BB


In case of domestic violence:

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (freephone)


Other:

  • Tower Hamlets Social Services: 020 7364 5000. Ask for the duty manager.
  • Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90

Close the Protection Gap

Now is your chance to help close the protection gap for women seeking asylum. 

Take action in the new campaign under the Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum which starts today!

In the past few months new initiatives have come into play for women facing rape and violence at home and abroad.  But women seeking asylum are falling through a protection gap.

William Hague and Angelina Jolie signed off an international agreement on how a woman raped during a civil war should be supported.  But if that woman comes to the UK to seek protection she isn’t guaranteed the same support.  There is a glaring hypocrisy in how we treat women and girls who seek protection in the UK; they continue to be missed out of government policies on violence against women.

We believe that no woman seeking asylum should have to tell her story:

  • in front of her children
  • to a male interviewer or interpreter if she is not comfortable with this
  • to someone who doesn’t understand how trauma affects memory
  • without being given counselling
  • without information about her rights as a woman in the asylum system


We believe that five particular measures in Hague and Jolies’s international agreement are also vitally important for women seeking asylum in the UK.

Let’s tell Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to use her powers to put these measures in place in the asylum system now:

Provide childcare during screening and asylum interview

  • Guarantee that women can have a female interviewer and interpreter if they choose
  • Training for interviewers and interpreters on sexual violence, trauma and memory
  • Counselling and support for trauma for women who have experienced gender-based harm
  • Information about the asylum process, rights and entitlements specific to women seeking asylum


Take action now to close the Protection Gap for women seeking asylum:

  

For more information do go to www.asylumaid.org.uk/protectiongap

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