A resource to support human rights advocacy 

Room to Heal supports refugees and asylum seekers who are torture survivors to rebuild their lives in exile, through an integrated programme of therapeutic and casework assistance in the context of a community of survivors. Room to Heal are based in London.

Room to Heal are currently working with BIHR Human Rights Officer Eilidh to develop accessible human rights information for Room to Heal members and staff so that they feel confident to use the language of human rights in their interactions with public services. 

The Solution Statement 

At the Define workshop Room to Heal created the following solution statement:

As a caseworker of a therapeutic community supporting migrants who have survived torture and violence.

I want to better understand the language of the Human Rights Act so that we can better advocate for our members when they ask us to, but also to provide information directly to members.

So that they may advocate for themselves when they feel able to, or so that we can do this when they ask us to, in order to achieve treatment by public services.

What have we done so far?

Room to Heal staff have gathered the main issues that come up whilst supporting members. These include:

  • How can the HR act be used to advocate that members are relocated to safe and suitable accommodation? 
  • How can the HR act be used when advocating for members when asking the council to relocate them?
  • How can members use the human rights act to advocate for better medical care? Sometimes, their concerns are dismissed, they are discriminated against and not listened to.

Next Steps

BIHR is not working on creating a mapping workshop, where we will upskill Room to Heal staff on the Human Rights Act and how they can use it to support members. Based on the information gathered during this workshop BIHR and Room to Heal will work together to create a resource for staff so they can use the Human Rights Act in their advocacy work.