Medical Justice patients come from all walks of life including those who have been persecuted because of their political affiliations, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

Some escaped poverty, slavery or violence back home, only to be trafficked into slavery in the UK. Many are dejected, disbelieved and destitute when they are arrested and detained.

Some were well educated professionals back home, but now de-skilled and feeling useless after years in “limbo” while their asylum claims are determined. With no right to work, some were driven to work “illegally” in factories and hotels just to survive. A few hungry and desperate asylum seekers even asked the police to arrest and detain them.