Paul Dillane joins HCLC's Board of Directors!
HCLC is delighted to announce that Paul Dillane has joined Hackney Community Law Centre's Board of Directors! Paul (pictured above) is the Executive Director of the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG), the only national charity dedicated to supporting, and advocating for the rights of, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers.
UKLGIG supports in excess of 1,000 people a year, many of whom have been subjected to persecution and human rights abuses as a result of their sexual or gender identity. Paul, who lives in Hackney, is also an experienced human rights professional.
He began his career as a legal aid practitioner and advocate in South Wales. Between 2004-2008, he specialised in immigration, refugee and human rights law and his last legal role was Supervising Counsellor at the Immigration Advisory Service in Cardiff. Then between 2008 to 2014, Paul worked at Amnesty International UK as an in-house refugee specialist, where he was responsible for the organisation’s involvement in asylum, extradition and human rights litigation. Paul prepared expert opinions in several hundred individual cases at all levels of the asylum process from first instance to proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights. Paul tweets at @Paul_Dillane and @UKLGIG.
Commenting on his decision to join Hackney Community Law Centre's Board of Directors Paul Dillane said: "At a time when human rights, legal aid and access to justice is under unprecedented assault, it is a real privilege to join the Hackney Community Law Centre Board of Directors. HCLC provides vital legal assistance to some of the most needy and vulnerable in my community. The HCLC team are much respected legal aid and justice warriors. I look forward to supporting their work".
Welcoming Paul to the Board, HCLC Chair Ian Rathbone said: "I'm very pleased Paul is joining us. He has tremendous credentials in human rights work and I am hoping he can help us in this next period of time where human rights are coming under fire in this country as well as elsewhere. I am sure his extensive experience in immigration and asylum work will also be invaluable in guiding us as we face a bleak future in such work as a result of savage and inhuman cuts, which have chopped access to justice for many people in Hackney."