Li fled to the U.K. in 2012, escaping persecution in China for being a Christian. But her problems got exponentially worse when she found out she was pregnant.
The Maternity Stream of the City of Sanctuary was started in 2011 by a group of asylum seeking and refugee women who volunteered as Health Befrienders for the Refugee Council in Leeds. They "didn't want other mums to suffer as we had suffered"Read More
Some concessions have now been won under the Immigration Bill including the recent news that the UK will now accept unaccompanied refugee children from within Europe. The last two House of Lords amendments on detention returns to the Commons on Monday 9th May.
Please tweet your MP or phone their office asking for their support on the detention amendments 84 and 85: 28 day judicial oversight and a 72 hour time limit on the detention of pregnant women. These are of vital importance in the light of other aspects of the Immigration Bill which is likely to increase detention.
Join us in taking action to support the cross-party private members bill put forward by Caroline Lucas MP on the NHS which gets its second reading this Friday 11th March. This bill, if enacted, will have a significant impact on women, babies and their families, by reducing the barriers they face in accessing essential health care.Read More
Maternity care in the NHS is chargeable for most women without indefinite leave to remain in the UK, despite evidence that recent migrants face higher risks of adverse pregnancy outcomes than the general population.Read More
The NHS Consultation titled Making a fair contribution: A consultation on the extension of charging overseas visitors and migrants using the NHS in England is now open. The deadline is 7 March 2016 11:45pm.Read More
On January 22nd 2016, a meeting in Leeds addressed the growing concerns around the issue of charging migrant and undocumented people for health care. Care for pregnant women and those giving birth in the UK emerged as a particular concern, given the vulnerability of many women and their babies.Read More