06 Aug Nimesh Lathia
“Work carried out by myself included the following:
•Making calls to a wide range of people in order to collect information for bail hearings (for example, solicitors, detainees, detainees’ friends and family, the Immigration Service).
•Responding to incoming calls when the telephone lines were open.
•Keeping accurate case records (recording all calls made and received on client’s file and recording all action taken.)
•Sending out letters and information to detainees.
•Drafting letters to support applications for release.
•Some research to support bail applications.
•Supporting detainees who were preparing their own bail applications using BID self-help book, How to Get out of Detention
•Administrative tasks, such as dealing with incoming mail or inputting case records into database.
•Assisting the Right to Liberty Manager or other BID staff with workshops in immigration removal centres.
• Opportunity for accreditation in immigration law up to level 3.
Why I loved it “One of the major reasons as to why I loved the placement was the Bail for Immigration Detainees fights for justice in helping clients who are being detained. Detainees ranged from victims of torture to split family cases therefore ranging issues.”
My best experiences “The best experience was helping draft bail grounds for a detainee. In drafting a bail application it is important to understand immigration law. When advising a detainee it is good practice to be precise and use plain English to get the point across to your client.”
What I have learned “Administration work is the starting point of what I have learnt on placement and writing letters skills such as critical thinking were developed. Calling an array of different clients being detained made the work done interesting as no detainee was the same and problem solving skills came into play when advising clients on their bail application.”