Paving Routes to Justice: Our Strategy

JustRight Scotland was set up in 2017 by a small team of human rights lawyers. We use the law to defend and extend people’s rights in Scotland.  

Seven years later, we now run four specialist centres of legal practice. Our lawyers and caseworkers provide advice, representation and support to hundreds of people every year.  

Our policy, communications and participation team extends the reach of our legal work, building collaborative campaigns and partnerships, working alongside people with lived experience of the issues we work on, influencing policy makers, and producing accessible information about human rights and the legal system.  

We run training for people, communities, and other organisations about the human rights legal issues we work on. And we share learning from our work with a wide network of other human rights, legal and social justice organisations.  

We’ve grown significantly and quickly since we first started our work. Now a team of over 20, with an annual budget of over £1.5 million, we are a maturing organisation with all of the benefits and challenges that come with that. 

This is our third Strategy covering the period 2024 to 2029. It builds on what we’ve learned in our first seven years and creates the frame for our work in the next five.  

We are grateful to everyone who has worked with us on our journey so far. In particular, we thank everyone who has shared their wisdom, insight and experiences as we’ve reflected and worked on this new Strategy. We are always stronger when we work together, and we look forward to continuing to play our part in paving routes to justice. 

 

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Legal Factsheets

Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Health (PDF)

This factsheet explains your rights to access healthcare, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Education & Employment (PDF)

This factsheet explains your rights to access education and employment, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

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Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Housing, Welfare Benefits & Money (PDF)

This factsheet explains your rights to access housing, welfare benefits and financial support, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Compensation and Legal Advice (PDF)

This factsheet explains your rights to access compensation, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Gender Based Violence (PDF)

This factsheet explains what gender based violence means, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Asylum & Immigration (PDF)

This factsheet explains what it means to claim asylum, and other immigration advice if you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Identification as a Victim of Trafficking (PDF)

This factsheet explains what it means to be identified as a victim of trafficking and how you can tell if you are a victim of human trafficking or exploitation, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

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Know Your Rights! Information for Trafficked Women from Abroad in Scotland (PDF)

This Know Your Rights! booklet provides information for Trafficked Women from Abroad on your rights and support in Scotland. Being a victim of trafficking or exploitation can have a long-term impact on you and affect many parts of your life. You may also find it difficult to adjust to living in a new country or place. But you are not alone. There is help for you to start recovering from your experiences and help you settle into your new life. This booklet gives information on some of the help available to you and who to contact

Resources

“We are at the beginning of something…” Supporting survivors of trafficking during the Covid-19 pandemic

  Spotlight on: Anushya Kulupana, Scottish Anti-Trafficking & Exploitation Centre (SATEC) and Supporting Survivors of Trafficking during the Covid-19 Pandemic  Today we are speaking with Anushya...

#RefugeeBanBill: What we are doing to stop the new UK Migration Bill

  JustRight Scotland has rejected the UK Government plan to proceed with a new Illegal [Migration] Bill which is due to have second reading today in the House of Commons.  We have explained the...

A joint statement on the Borders Bill “Not in our name”

In Scotland we have a proud history of protest, of raising our voices against the injustices that blight our society and speaking truth to power. We – the undersigned – are proud to work in a country ...

ASSIST in Scotland: Hearing Trafficking Survivors’ Voices

Today, JustRight Scotland led a delegation of female survivors of human trafficking to meet with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MSP at the Scottish Parliament. The women – all of whom...

Human Rights Act reform: we reject the UK Government proposals

  JustRight Scotland has rejected the UK Government plans to replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) as announced last December.  We have been working – together with other Scottish civil society and ...

Insight series – Part 3: a JustRight Intern

  Robyn’s role within our team We have partnered up with The Robertson Trust to welcome a group of interns into our JustRight Scotland team. Some of them have been working alongside our legal teams...

Introducing our new social enterprise: JRS Knowhow 

We are proud to announce the launch of our brand new social enterprise JRS Knowhow. The start-up social enterprise was created in April 2021, marking almost exactly four years since JustRight Scotland was set...

JRS is taking part in #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence is an international campaign that runs from today to the 10th of December, Human Rights Day. Originally created by activists, it continues to be...

Legal opinion: the legal implications of the [Illegal] Migration Bill in Scotland

  by Sabrina Galella  Together with the Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS), we commissioned a legal opinion from Kay Springham KC, to...

Legal Opinion: What does the Nationality and Borders Bill mean for devolution in Scotland?

Sabrina Galella, Policy & Public Affairs Officer at JustRight Scotland.   JustRight Scotland and Scottish Refugee Council jointly commissioned a legal opinion from Christine O’Neill QC and her...

Making Human Rights Justice a Reality Report shines a light on systemic barriers to justice and how to break them

  by Maisie Wilson   Over the past few months, we have been working with the Human Rights Consortium Scotland (HRCS) on their latest report Make Human Rights Justice a Reality, along with Clan...

My first-year anniversary as Legal Caseworker for the Scottish Just Law Centre

My role at JustRight Scotland  As of the start of 2023, I have been with JustRight Scotland for a year, working as a Legal Caseworker for the Scottish Just Law Centre (SJLC). And what a year it has...

National Human Trafficking Conference

We were delighted to be asked to present at the first National Human Trafficking Conference, organised by Police Scotland at Tulliallan Castle on 13 September 2017. Setting the Scene Kevin Hyland, the...

New Plan for Immigration Consultation: A Briefing for Scottish Civil Society Organisations

On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law.  The consultation invites members of...

New Plan for Immigration Consultation: Our Response

On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law. JustRight Scotland and our JustCitizens...

New report, to be launched in Scotland, sheds light upon forced migrants’ experiences of sexual and gender-based violence

  On the 7th December, SEREDA Scotland will launch its findings into the experiences of forced migrant survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and the services they rely on. Led by the...

Our Anti-Trafficking Work

Trafficked women face too many barriers to accessing their human rights. Despite international and European standards that ensure trafficking survivors’ right to legal guidance when accessing support ...

Our Worker Support Centre is now available to all seasonal horticultural workers in Scotland

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Worker Support Centre. Funded by the Scottish Government, this Centre is available to all workers on the Seasonal Workers Visa (SWV) in Scotland including...

Response to Independent Review on the Human Rights Act

We have submitted a response to the Independent Review of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), in response to its call for evidence which closed on 3 March 2021. Our submission makes it clear that we see ...

Scotland rejects the Refugee Ban Bill

  JustRight Scotland and Scottish Refugee Council have joined forces to launch the first step of a Scottish campaign which aimed to stop the #RefugeeBanBill and get other organisations involved in...

Scottish human rights organisations unite to reject “unnecessary, regressive and divisive” plans to replace Human Rights Act

Responding to the UK Government’s announcement today that it plans to replace the Human Rights Act, five leading Scottish human rights organisations have released a joint statement calling the proposals...

Survivor Engagement: Assisting Integration in Human Trafficking

PRESS RELEASE   Survivor Engagement: Assisting Integration in Human Trafficking   15th December 2020  Today, JustRight Scotland (JRS) held an online event to share the results of a 2-year EU AMIF funded...

The Worker Support Centre is now transitioning to a new sustainable phase

  JustRight Scotland (JRS) has hosted the Worker Support Centre (WSC) for its first six months of operation from May 2022 to October 2022 as part of a long-term plan focused on providing initial ...

Trafficking Awareness Campaign

By Eilidh Turnbull - JustRight Intern On 27th August 2017 the Scottish Government launched a public information campaign to help raise awareness of human trafficking in Scotland. At JustRight Scotland,...

We call upon the Scottish Government to heed the recommendations of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee’s report and take action to safeguard the human rights of the people attacked by the Illegal Migration Act 2023

We welcome the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee’s recommendations published in their latest report about asylum seekers in Scotland. In particular, we support the Committee’s strong...