Justice First is the practical expression of our vision to create a society based on a tradition of welcome, acceptance and dignity for those who seek safety in the UK. We have been in existence since 2006 and were created in response to a recognised gap in service provision to meet the needs of people who were in the final stages of the asylum process and facing destitution. We are a unique organisation in the Tees Valley who specialise in finding solutions for people who find themselves in this situation.
We look at the whole person and support people to build resilience in often the harshest of circumstances. Our expertise is recognised within the local community and nationally and we promote understanding of asylum issues through our wide engagement with the media, statutory bodies, faith-based organisations and the voluntary sector.
All of our services to beneficiaries are free.
We are based in the centre of Stockton-on-Tees but we deliver services across the whole of the Tees Valley. While rooted in the local community, we influence at a national level. We have positioned ourselves as a key resource for strategic stakeholders in the North East of England and we regularly provide consultation on issues of asylum at a regional level.
We fill the gap between statutory support and legal services by achieving fair and just outcomes for those who seek sanctuary.
In 2016 we have successfully helped 119 clients to put their appeals for asylum to the first tier and upper tier tribunals when legal representation was not available for them.
80 of our clients have been successfully signposted to other agencies – 70 of whom were accepted for legal representation.
We have completed 44 fresh claims with newly researched evidence.
We work in exceptional circumstances by providing a service to people who have no other access to help to pursue their cases. The need is on going and very real.
Our local Partners
British Red Cross.
Methodist Asylum Project.
Mary Thompson Fund.
North East coalition for Asylum and Refugee Rights (NECTAR).
Refugee and Asylum Seekers Project (RASP).
Portrack Baptist Church.
Stockton Baptist Tabernacle.
St Patrick Church drop-in.
Freedom From Torture.
Newcastle Law Centre.
Immigration Advice Centre.
Investing in People and Culture.
Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency.
North of England Refugee Service.
Everyday Language Solutions.
Regional Refugee Forum.
Arrival GP Practice.
Haven GP Practice.