February 23, 2010


This report was written by Gauri van Gulik, women’s rights researcher and advocate for Europe. It was reviewed by Liesl Gerntholtz, director of the Women’s Rights Division; Ben Ward, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia Division; Bill Frelick, director of the Refugees Division; Gerry Simpson, researcher and advocate of the Refugees and Migrants Division; Simone Troller, researcher in the Children’s Rights Division; and Clive Baldwin, senior legal advisor. Program review was conducted by Andrew Mawson. 

Chloe Fussell, Alex Horne, and Daniela Ramirez, associates for the Women’s Rights Division, provided invaluable research assistance, editing, and proofreading. Anna Lopriore, creative manager; Grace Choi, publications director; and Fitzroy Hepkins, operations manager, provided production assistance.

The author is sincerely grateful to several excellent organizations and individuals in the UK who urged us to work on this and made it possible: Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), Asylum Aid, Refugee and Migrant Justice, the Crossroads Women Center, solicitors at Wilson & Co, Lawrence Lupin and Doughty Street Chambers, the UNHCR, and the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association (ILPA). Most importantly, the author would like to thank the women who in the midst of an extremely vulnerable and sometimes desperate situation wanted to share their stories.

We acknowledge with gratitude the financial support of Arcadia and the other donors who have supported the work of the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.