Thu, 22 Mar 2018
No5 Barristers’ Chambers London office yesterday hosted a training event on Gender Identity and Expression: Detention and Protection Claims.
The event was co-hosted with Asylum Aid who had been provided a grant by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to provide legal training on Gender Identity protection claims.
The Home Office are due to publish an updated Asylum Policy and Instruction on Gender Identity or Expression next month and James Charlton (Senior Policy Adviser) and Paul Pedlow (Asylum Policy) attended the seminar. James provided an insight into the work the Home Office have undertaken in engaging with various Stakeholders in order to update their guidance to decision-makers and how this will be reflected in the new API.
Jay Stewart provided an introduction into his work at Gendered Intelligence and provided the delegates with an overview of concepts and terminology. Jane Ryan, Solicitor at Bhatt Murphy, highlighted the specific needs of trans clients in detention and where litigation has highlighted the need for safeguards.
The seminar concluded with No5 Barristers’ Chambers S Chelvan providing an analysis of the case law on gender identity protection claims and how the DSSH (Difference, Stigma, Shame and Harm) model could be used as a positive tool for credibility assessment of claims based on gender identity or expression.
James Charlton, Paul Pedlow, S Chelvan, Jay Stewart, Jane Ryan, Cynthia Orchard