Asylum seminar with Helen Bamber and David Rhys Jones
This seminar will be held on 13 May from 2pm to 4pm at the Law Centre’s Belfast office. It aims to provide a unique insight into the effectiveness of medico-legal reporting in the context of asylum cases. It would be particularly useful for practitioners working in the field of immigration law.
The speakers are Helen Bamber (right) and David Rhys Jones. Both have vast knowledge of their subject, specifically in relation to victims of trauma and torture.
This seminar carries two CPD points.
Helen Bamber has worked tirelessly in the human rights field for over 60 years helping thousands of survivors of human rights violations worldwide. She began working with survivors in the former concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen after WWII. Helen Bamber was an early member of Amnesty International and in 1985 established The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, where she was the founder and former director until early 2005. With her colleague Dr Michael Korzinski, Helen Bamber established the Helen Bamber Foundation in 2005, a human rights organisation dedicated to the care and treatment of survivors of gross human rights violations. The Helen Bamber Foundation provides therapeutic and practical support to over 2500 clients today. Named European Woman of Achievement in 1993, she was awarded the OBE in 1997 and in the same year also received a lifetime Human Rights Achievement award. In 2009, she received the Dag Hammarskjold Inspiration Award as well as the 1st Annual Times / Sternberg Active Life Award.
David Rhys Jones began his career in the refugee field in the Refugee Unit of the UK Immigration Advisory Service (UKIAS) and he has since worked with UNHCR in Asia, Refugee Legal Centre (RLC), Glazer Delmar solicitors, the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). In January 2002 he began work as a policy officer at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. In 2007 his role was redefined to concentrate on medico-legal issues. David left the Medical Foundation in 2010. He continues to work as a consultant, researcher and trainer in the torture/trauma medico-legal field working with colleagues from centres in the UK (principally the Helen Bamber Foundation) and elsewhere in Europe. David is co-author of the article Medical Evidence in Asylum and Human Rights Appeals (IJRL, Vol 3, No. 3, 381-410).