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Access to Public Services

We use our broad knowledge base along with our open communication style with public bodies to respond to the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and other HoA individuals.

Accessing primary or secondary healthcare is not an option for destitute asylum seekers elsewhere in the UK, and we have helped individuals access these vital services. By focusing on each person’s individual circumstances, we advocate for appropriate housing, medical care and social services, and continually strive to nurture a culture of equality in Northern Ireland.

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Advocating the social, economic and political rights of refugees in Northern Ireland is at the heart of HAPANI’s ethos of equality. Our team deal with cases related to housing rights, educational access and hate crimes, as well as being represented at the Migrant Forum and Racial Equality Boards.

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Women’s Project

Our successfully established Women’s Project is dedicated to assisting women from HoA and beyond with a range of practical services that support their education and overall well-being.

This drop-in service is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and offers literacy, writing and translation classes as well as general support and advice.

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Destitution Project

Many asylum seekers in Northern Ireland are refused residency by the court and ordered to return to their country of origin. HAPANI’s Destitution Project guides individuals towards legal representation who can appeal their cases. We have a comprehensive understanding of the typically long and difficult process of seeking asylum and we strive to support people physically and emotionally throughout this transitional phase.

HAPANI advocates the basic human rights of individuals who are living in destitution in Northern Ireland, in addition to helping source accommodation and social security in the narrow 28 day window after refugee status has been granted.

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