Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2014
Baljeet is the Founding Director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU), a specialist legal and policy hub aiming to improve the rights and voices of separated children and young people in the UK.
MiCLU represents young people who have been displaced by war, fleeing abuse, trafficked into the UK for exploitation and slavery and young people separated from their families and effectively “invisible” in terms of civil and legal status because of immigration laws. Through its strategic litigation, policy reform and public legal education initiatives MiCLU drives systematic change to achieve equality and social justice for this group of young people.
Baljeet believes that the law can be used as an effective tool to create social change and is committed to campaigning and advocating for child-centred legal processes and systems. She has been at the forefront of test case litigation and training initiatives enhancing children’s rights in the immigration arena and has pioneered innovation in the legal sector by testing out new models of legal services for young people and spearheading access to justice strategies within legal and third sector communities.
Baljeet is a qualified solicitor and has a background in youth work. She has contributed to a number of legal publications and delivers child-rights based legal and policy training to lawyers, NGOs, statutory agencies and children’s charities nationally.
She sits as an expert advisor on a number of boards and panels, including the Asylum and Immigration Advisory Board of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England and the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants. She is an adviser and active member of the JustRights campaign and Founder and legal expert of the Law Centre Network’s Principles to Practice project. She was awarded the Young Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2011.