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 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 founded 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. Her work involves both the set up and wind down of locations – for example, in Calais.

Charlotte Morris
Head of Communications and Development

Charlotte is in charge of communications and development. 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.

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.

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 Clark

Bishop of Southwark

Lily Caprani

Unicef UK

Claire Fourel

Ashurst

Dr Kaneez Shaid

Citizens UK Trustee

Tracey Seaward

Campaigner and Producer

Gonzalo Vargas Llosa

UNCHR

Dr Steve Mowle

Citizens UK Trustee

Juliet Stevenson

Campaigner and Actress

Oliver Pawle

Natasha Walters

Women for Refugee Women

Meriel Barclay

Citizens UK Trustee

Fardous Bahbouh

Interpreter/Translator

Neil Jameson

Executive Director, Citizens UK

Alex Fraser

British Red Cross

Fatima Al Ahmad

Interpreter/Translator

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