SAFE PASSAGE

Every person fleeing persecution should be able to access safe and legal routes to sanctuary but today millions of people fleeing conflict are trapped in harm’s way with no safe and legal way out.

Children are stuffed into suffocating lorries, families climb into sinking boats, desperate adults try to scale barbed wire fences. All in pursuit of something they often already have a legal right to: whether it’s to reach their family members or to be resettled away from conflict because of their extreme need.

OUR VISION

Our vision is a world in which every person fleeing persecution can access publicly-supported safe and legal routes to a place where they are can lead a full and dignified life.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to open up safe and legal routes to protection through advocacy, community organising and legal work. We then support people’s first steps to rebuilding their lives in the UK.

OUR VALUES

We are ground breaking, determined, and compassionate.

MEET THE TEAM

George Gabriel
Lead Organiser

George is responsible for the strategic direction and management of Safe Passage. He is the Lead Organiser for Citizens UK’s “New Citizens” strand of organising, a wide-ranging brief that covers immigration and integration, and found Safe Passage in September 2015.

Sarah Newton
Logistics and Finance Manager Consultant

Sarah is responsible for all our logistics and finance. As well as ensuring the wellbeing, safety and security of the Safe Passage team (both in the UK and abroad), she also handles our income, budgeting, reconciliation and expenditure.

Laura Griffiths
Senior Field Manager Consultant

Laura is responsible for managing, planning and delivering operations in all our field locations. Working alongside our Operations and Programme Consultant, her work involves both the set up and wind down of locations – for example, in Calais.

Charlotte Morris
Communications and Media Consultant

Charlotte is in charge of communications and media. It’s her job to raise awareness of our organisation and engage external audiences with the work we do. In part, this involves managing our website and social media, and handling all press enquiries.

Beth Gardiner-Smith
Child Refugees Organiser

Beth is responsible for political strategy and engagement, including advising on public policy and working with key stakeholders on campaigns. She also acts as a direct link with grassroots groups, helping to develop leadership within communities.

Natasha Tsangarides
Greece Field Manager

Based in Athens, Natasha’s role is to identify and locate people, mostly unaccompanied minors, who are eligible for family reunification in the UK. To do this, she is developing contacts and partnerships in the UK and Greece.

Sophie Spencer
Greece Field Coordinator

Sophie is based in Athens. She manages and supports the logistical, technical and administrative casework operations of the Safe Passage programme in Greece.

Andrea Anzaldi
Italy Field Manager

Andrea runs our programme in Italy and works across the country. He also runs a centre for unaccompanied minors in Rome.

Rachel Phoenix
Family Reunion Coordinator

Rachel liaises with British lawyers, verifies the identity of UK-based family members and coordinates with our overseas staff. It’s her job to monitor each stage of the legal process and make sure the reunion of children and families happens as quickly as possible.

Rachel is a British Red Cross staff member currently working in partnership with Safe Passage.

Lucy Hunton
Logistics & Volunteer Coordinator Consultant

Lucy is responsible for overseeing the development of our volunteer programme. This includes coordinating the logistics surrounding the volunteers’ involvement so it best supports our casework programme.

Jack Wilson
UK Family Reunification Consultant

Jack’s job is to look after our clients from the moment they arrive in the UK. From finding them a solicitor to connecting them with education, healthcare and community activities.

Antonia Scott
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT CONSULTANT

Antonia is responsible for providing administrative support to the Senior Leadership Team of Safe Passage.  As well as managing external enquiries from the website and office landline number.

The photographs used on this website are reproduced with the kind permission of Lucy Mohr (Freelance Photojournalist), Lilian Simonsson and Roxanne Courtney.

OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL

Juliet Stevenson

Campaigner and Actress

Gonzalo Vargas Llosa

UNHCR

Lily Caprani

Unicef UK

Alex Fraser

Red Cross

Neil Jameson

Executive Director, Citizens UK

Martha Mackenzie

Save the Children

Bishop Jonathan

Bishop of Southwark

Melanie Ward

International Rescue Committee

Claire Fourel

Ashurst

Dr Kaneez Shaid

Citizens UK Trustee

Fatima Al Ahmad

Volunteer Interpreter/Translator

Gillian Moyes

Save the Children

Oliver Pawle

Natasha Walters

Women for Refugee Women

Meriel Barclay

Citizens UK Trustee

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