2016 European Citizen’s Prize
In July 2016, we were honoured to win the 2016 European Citizen’s Prize. On behalf of the CUK, Safe Passage’s Senior Field Manager was presented the award by MEP Jean Lambert, who had this to say:
“Citizens UK‘s Safe Passage programme is inspirational – its work is making a real difference. I nominated Citizens UK especially for its work over the past year in the refugee camps in Calais. It has played a vital role in identifying vulnerable people there, specifically unaccompanied minors who have family in the UK, and therefore a right to be reunited with them.
“I commend Citizens UK, and other organisations and ordinary people, who are trying in small ways they can to help people who have been forced to flee their homes. This is what international solidarity really looks like.”
The Liberty Human Rights Awards
In October 2016, Safe Passage won the Jo Cox ‘More in Common’ Award at the Liberty Human Rights Awards.
The Liberty Human Rights Awards are held to honour dedicated people by shining a light on their crucial work and celebrating their remarkable achievements. They give voice to stories that may otherwise go unheard and celebrate the hard work, inspiration and dedication of those who champion the rights of ordinary people. The death of the MP for Batley & Spen, Jo Cox devastated all those who knew her and shared in her compassion and values, which have inspired thousands of people in a message of equality, unity and hope.
Safe Passage was awarded the new Jo Cox ‘More in Common Award’ having achieved a landmark case of its kind by bringing the first four vulnerable refugees from the Calais ‘jungle’ to the UK to be reunited with family members in January 2016. Since then, hundreds of unaccompanied minors have been identified and brought safely and legally to the UK, using Article 8 – the right to a private and family life – of the European convention on Human Rights. Since the demolition of the camp at Calais, Safe Passage has continued its work to bring many more vulnerable minors to safety.
George Gabriel, Lead Organiser, said: “The Safe Passage team has worked tirelessly to achieve the seemingly unthinkable and we are all enormously grateful for this award in Jo’s name, which recognises the same dedication to bringing people and communities together that Jo so greatly valued.”
PILnet Probono Awards 2016
Safe Passage and a collective of legal organisations were shortlisted for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest in November 2016.
Each year, the award recognises the best pro bono legal project undertaken as collaboration between an NGO and a law firm, with an impact felt in more than one European country.