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Published on July 7, 2021 by Jennifer Verson
Today I made vegan keto samosas under a canopy for the MaMa choir practice-The hope that I have with the Artists for Justice legal fund, is that we as a community can become a more powerful force for challenging the structural racism and mi...
Migrant Artists Mutual Aid (MaMa) assists our members with our legal fund where we can fund expert reports, medico-legal reports, solicitor fees for complicated cases and other legal support to give them access to expert legal services that would otherwise be unavailable to them in a legal system stacked against the poor and destitute.
MaMa has worked with a number of legal practices and cultural organisations in Liverpool and around the UK, such as the International Slavery Museum, and the Bluecoat to support our members and to raise awareness of the issues faced by migrant women and children.
MaMa was set up in 2011 to originally support one women seeking asylum in the UK to protect her daughter from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) back in Gambia. After many years of campaigning and raising a considerable amount of money for legal fees, Fatoumata finally won her case, changing UK case-law in the process and helping access to justice for women in her position in the process. MaMa decided to carry on working with other migrant women and has funded a number of successful cases for vulnerable women and their children.
Unfortunately, many women still struggle with access to justice, and not every case is a success. Members of MaMa have suffered deportation and incarceration despite our best efforts. This is why a robust access to legal funds is vital for us to help fight for their cause.
MaMa’s legal fund is used to gain expert legal support for members who have been living with uncertainty for far too long. With sustaining support toward our legal fund, we can continue creating solid ground for our membership to grow, heal and move forward.