We Are Looking for New Trustees: Apply Now!

join us large 2The Habeas Corpus Project has marked one full year since it was officially established as a charity. In one year we have managed to achieve so much including:

  • Providing free legal representation to over 80 immigration detainees
  • Securing the release of over 15 detainees
  • Winning pro-bono costs orders against the Secretary of State for our litigation in 4 cases
  • Establishing a strong pro-bono partnership with DLA Piper (one of the world’s largest law firms) and receiving an award from the Public Interest Lawyers Network annual awards in Rome, Italy for our partnership.
  • Establishing a strong reputation built on trust amongst detainees in several Immigration Removal Centre including Yarl’s Wood
  • Being interviewed by the BBC for one of our cases and being reported in the Independent and Law Society Gazette
  • Securing a long-lasting lease for our office premises at 78 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR
  • Applying pressure on the Home Office to improve communication and access to lawyers in Yarl’s Wood
  • Securing over £25,000 in donations in our first 12 months, placing us in a strong position going forward in to 2016.
  • Developing strong administrative and litigation protocols for continued work in the future.
  • Hosting a training event at SOAS: University of London on unlawful detention with full capacity attendance
  • A portfolio of over 10 part-time volutneers assisting the charity over the past year, with 5 who continue in to 2016.

The Habeas Corpus Project currently has only 3 Trustees. The Chair of Trustees is Ousman Noor who will soon be transferred to become a full time Director of the charity.

We are looking to recruit two new trustees to join us. Whilst the role will be unpaid, you will be a part of this team and help lead us to exciting new frontiers. Here are some details:

Roles and Responsibilities of a Trustee

Note: The role of a Trustee is not a ‘full-time’ job, it will largely be done remotely, by telephone and email. Trustees can expect to dedicate around 4-8 hours of their time per month to the role. The role is unpaid, save for any expenses incurred as part of your role and only if agreed by the other Trustees. 

  • Meet with the other Trustees at least once every 8 weeks at our office – meetings to be organised by the Director
  • To ensure that the charity is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit
  • Comply with the charity’s governing constitution
  • Act in the charity’s best interests
  • Help promote the effective management of the charity’s resources
  • Ensure that the charity is kept accountable
  • Use your skill and experience to help guide and advise the charity on key issues when necessary
  • Develop strong relationships with relevant individuals and organisations to the charity’s benefit
  • Be available and responsive to the Director in relation to charity activities and affairs when necessary

Benefits of Being a Trustee

  • Be a part of an exciting and ambitious team creating radical positive change in the field of immigration detention
  • Use your skill and experience to shape the future of the Habeas Corpus Project
  • Have your name and profile on our website as one of our Trustees
  • Be invited to take part in our future events (in the UK and abroad)
  • Meet new people (us!) and make a difference together

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Experience in law/human rights and/or issues relating to immigration detention
  • Experience working with charities either as trustee or an employee of one
  • Willingness to dedicate time to improving the charity either through meetings, advice, guidance and/or facilitating new contacts or funding opportunities
  • Be based in or near London, or otherwise be able to come to our office in Central London for Trustee meetings when required
  • Be responsive to the emails/phone calls of the Director as and when required
  • Believe in and respect the core ideals of the charity i.e. access to justice, challenging unlawful detention and promoting fairness in the law.

Candidates must not:

  • have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception (such as fraud)
  • are bankrupt or have entered into a formal arrangement (eg an individual voluntary arrangement) with a creditor
  • have been removed as a company director or charity trustee because of wrongdoing

How to Apply

If you are interested please do let us know by emailing us at info@habeas-corpus.org.uk. We will arrange a short telephone conversation followed by an informal interview at our office in central London, 78 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR.

Deadline: 29th January 2016 (but please apply as soon as possible!).

Thank you to all!

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