Justice Together has an Advisory Group whose role is to:
- Provide critical challenge on progress and development of our work.
- Share insight and knowledge on access to justice issues in the immigration system.
- Act as ambassadors and provide links and contacts to people and networks.
The group includes the three external committee members:
- Dylan Fotoohi
- Dami Makinde
- Ali Torabi
and four other advisors:
- Tatiana Garavito
- Rupinder Parhar
- Ian Robinson
- Dr Jo Wilding
Dylan is founder and director of Refugees for Justice. He has previously worked as a Programme Manager at Migration Exchange funder network, Service Manager and Development Officer at Scottish Refugee Council, and as a Senior Community Development Officer at Freedom from Torture. Dylan has a degree in Community Development and a Master’s degree in Global Migration and Social Justice from the University of Glasgow. He is a member of Young Academy of Scotland – Royal Society of Edinburgh. Dylan is originally Kurdish. He was born in Mahabad, a beautiful town in Eastern Kurdistan – Iran. He has been living in the UK since 2013 and is now based in Glasgow, Scotland. He is fascinated by nature, obsessed with pistachio, Turkish coffee, and chess.
Dami is an activist, a campaigner, a public speaker, and a community organiser. Her passion for activism began when she, and many other young migrants like herself were faced with an injustice that prevented them from achieving their potential and contributing fully to the British society they call home. In 2017, Dami was seconded to the London Mayor’s office and began a forum to build a bridge between the Mayor and all London migrants. In the same year, she became an Eisenhower Youth Leader, and has spoken out against the UK’s hostile environment worldwide. In 2019, Dami co-founded an organisation called We Belong, which tackles systemic barriers that young migrants are facing and prevents them from living a fulfilled life.
Ali came to the UK as an asylum seeker in 2005 and finally became a naturalised citizen in 2018. Ali works as the Programme Manager Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust looking after the anti-racism, human rights and migration portfolio of grants. Previously he worked as the Brexit Lead for the Trades Union Congress for three years. Prior to that, he has a decade of experience in charities, government departments and business start-ups. Outside of the day job, he was the founding chair of EachOther (formerly RightsInfo) and a trustee of Safe Passage International.
Tatiana is an organiser and facilitator with over ten years’ experience of working on issues around race, migration and climate justice. She has led strategy development processes for social justice organisations, facilitated work exploring liberation, and delivered training on movement building across the UK and in Europe.
Tatiana has worked with Quakers In Britain, HOPE not Hate, Migrants Rights Network and Latin American Women’s Rights Service, amongst others. She is also a long-standing grassroots activist – co-founding London Latinx and Wretched of the Earth, groups she is still heavily involved in.
Rupinder has worked for a decade in frontline casework, policy, advocacy, and research on issues including immigration, NRPF, access to justice, equalities and gender-based violence within the voluntary sector and local government. She has previously published research on issues including access to justice, NRPF and mental health needs of separated children. Rupinder has recently worked as a grant funder within London to increase availability of high quality, free immigration advice.
Rupinder is trustee of a grassroots charity supporting destitute families with NRPF. In her spare time, she supports community organising against immigration enforcement and writes on related issues, including being published in the 2018 edition of Amrit’s Wilson’s “Finding a Voice”.
Ian has worked in immigration since 2002, initially with the Home Office and previsously as a Partner with Fragomen, the global immigration law firm. At Fragomen, Ian ran several teams advising employers on immigration in the UK and compliantly navigating them through immigration systems around the world. He also managed Fragomen’s government strategies function in the UK where he helps employers, think tanks and civil society interact with immigration policy makers and people who scrutinise or report on immigration.
Ian is currently at Vialto Partners.
Dr Jo Wilding is a researcher specialising in access to justice issues, especially around asylum, immigration and other social welfare legal matters. She is also a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London. Before qualifying as a lawyer, she worked as an immigration casework assistant at Bristol Law Centre, and founded and ran Boomchucka Circus, which worked with traumatised children in Iraq. She has written two books: Don’t Shoot the Clowns (about her time in Iraq) and The Legal Aid Market (based on her research on immigration advice), to be published September 2021.