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Ahmed Aydeed of Duncan Lewis speaks at Victims of Modern Slavery and Trafficking event at Matrix Chambers (9 May 2018)

Date: 09/05/2018
Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Ahmed Aydeed of Duncan Lewis speaks at Victims of Modern Slavery and Trafficking event at Matrix Chambers

Ahmed Aydeed, a solicitor and director at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, was invited to appear on the panel at Matrix Chambers on the 25 April 2018 to discuss modern slavery and trafficking in the UK.

Ahmed discussed systematic problems in the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) process and strategic litigation, drawing on his experience with cases involving victims of trafficking.

He highlighted a multitude of systematic problems with the NRM process including delays in the making of NRM decisions and the lack of co-operation between public bodies to combat modern slavery and trafficking. Ahmed warned that the lack of contact between public bodies has led to the competent authority not informing relevant authorities of NRM decisions, which leads to the criminalisation of victims of trafficking. Victims of trafficking are then detained under immigration powers by the Home Secretary on grounds of ‘public order’ because of these criminal convictions.

Ahmed also spoke on the failure by First Responders to identify victims of trafficking and when victims are finally identified, the Home Secretary is failing to provide support and assistance.

Other speakers at the event spoke about other legal issues relating to victims of trafficking.

Jessica Simor QC focused on modern slavery, the fashion industry and the issue of the living wage.

Philipa Southwell (Birds Solicitors) and Tim Owen QC spoke about the criminal law issues regarding victims of trafficking, including that many victims of trafficking are convicted of crimes committed as part of their trafficking, despite the fact that there is a statutory defence for this in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Chris Buttler spoke about cases regarding obligations under Article 4 ECHR and the duties regarding the recovery and reflection period, especially for those in immigration detention.

The event was chaired by Samantha Knights QC and was attended by approximately 100 people.

About Ahmed Aydeed

Ahmed has been at the forefront in the battle against the unlawful detention of migrants in the UK, the unlawful processions of asylum claims in the UK through the Detained Fast Track (DFT) system and, in particular, the criminalisation & detention of trafficking victims.

He has brought successful class action challenges against the Secretary of State for the Home Department for the administrative detention of vulnerable asylum seekers under the DFT process and the Detained Asylum Casework process (DAC); the criminalisation & administrative detention of victims of trafficking; and the policy and application of Detention Centre Rules 34 and 35. These rules outline the Secretary of State’s obligation to guarantee that a medical practitioner carries out a mental and physical examination of all detainees, in order to ascertain whether or not detention is suitable in each case.

Ahmed has extensive specialist experience in advising individuals on all types of public law issues; with a broad practice in the areas of public law & human rights, including asylum, international protection, EU law, nationality law, administrative detention, discrimination & equality.

Contact Ahmed on 020 7275 2668 or via email at ahmeda@duncanlewis.com.

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