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Grace’s Story (not her real name)

When Grace was forced to flee Sudan, her one desire was that she would be able to keep her young family safe.

Grace’s cycle of depression and isolation, symptoms common to many Asylum seekers, was recognised by her Health visitor and she was put in touch with Justice First.

Justice First has now become Grace’s mainstay for both legal advice and emotional support in the roller coaster ride that is the Asylum Application process. She became a Justice First volunteer.Using her considerable skills in their busy office, Grace blossomed, regaining both her self-confidence and a sense of progression in a life held in limbo by the grip of a slow-grinding legal process.

Justice First also gave practical help by recommending a solicitor when the Home Office won its challenge to a successful Appeal. Justice First paid for translation work on documentation to support a fresh claim, work carried out by the North East Refugee Service, an agency with which Justice First works closely.

With friendship, respect and the practical support of staff, volunteers and clients, Justice First has helped restore Grace’s self esteem.

With renewed confidence Grace’s family life has greatly improved. Her one desire now is for a positive legal outcome, so that “My children can have a safer life than the one I had”

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