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Solange Valdez-Symonds
Solange Valdez

Solange is PRCBC’s Supervising solicitor and Director.  She works as a solicitor for Migrants Resource Centre (MRC). She is 11 years PQE and has over 17 years experience in immigration law. Solange is a Law Society Level 3 Advanced Accredited Immigration Supervisor. She delivers training for PRCBCILPA, CCLC and other umbrella and community organisations. She has also written briefings and articles for LAG magazine, LegalVoice and other publications.

Solange specialises in and is heavily committed to nationality and immigration law. She does external policy and strategic work to improve the condition and rights of migrants and their family members. Her main areas of interest are working with migrant children and children born to migrant parents, domestic violence, citizenship and legal aid.

In 2014, Solange was shortlisted Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the immigration category. Solange is the 2017 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the Children’s Rights category.

She is a contributor to the Legal Aid LAG Handbook and member of the Advisory Board for Rights of Women (ROW).

Higher Court cases where acted as instructing solicitor:

i) Carlos Cyrus [2016] EWHC 918 (Admin). Restoration of ILR pending human right appeal determination

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2016/918.html

ii) JB (Jamaica), [2013] EWCA Civ 666). Unlawful detention under the Detention Fast Track (DFT) and whether treating Jamaica as a safe country under s94 was lawful given risk of persecution of LGBT in Jamaica. The latter was decided by the Supreme Court:

iii) BN [2011] EWHC 2367 (Admin). Children separated from their mother after mother was unlawfully removed from the UK

iv) Ali v SSHD, [2007] EWHC 1983 (Admin). Registration of children as British citizens and discretion

v) Agyeikum v SSHD [2013] EWHC 1828 (Admin). Fresh claims, mental health and unlawful detention

vi) “T” v SSHD [2014} EWHC 2453. Destitute Domestic Violence Concession, ILR under the Domestic violence provisions and post-flight spouses

vii) BE (litigation friend) v SSHD (unreported), unlawful decision to refuse registration of a child as a British citizen

viii) VF (litigation friend OT) v SSHD. A challenge to the children’s registration fee and the profit making aspect of the fee and best interests of the child.

Permission granted by the high court. Full hearing pending.

Carol BohmerCarol Bohmer Carol has been involved in the PRCBC since its inception in late 2012.  She is a lawyer and sociologist with many years of academic and practical experience in the field of immigration.  She has taught at Cornell, Rutgers, Georgetown and McGill Law Schools, Dartmouth College, University of Lund in Sweden and King’s College, London .  She has done pro bono legal and counselling work in the USA and the UK in asylum and immigration.