Anti-trafficking sector joint response to Immigration Legal Aid consultation on new fees for new services

September, 2022

This joint anti-trafficking sector response to the Consultation by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), 'Immigration Legal Aid: A consultation on new fees for new services' addresses how the proposals will impact on access to legal advice for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery. While we welcome its commitments to legal aid as an important part of a fair immigration system, our response raises concerns that the current legal aid immigration funding system is failing survivors of trafficking and modern slavery and penalising legal aid providers who seek to take on trafficking and modern slavery cases and calls for action to address this. The response is informed by a survey ATLEU ran to frontline support and advocacy organisations about the issues that survivors of trafficking and modern slavery face in accessing good quality immigration advice within a reasonable timeframe.