Manuel Bravo Project

Legal assistance for people seeking asylum

About Us

Why Manuel Bravo

The Project is named after a Leeds asylum seeker from Angola, who tragically took his own life on 15th September 2005. He fled to the UK after his pro-democracy activity led to attacks on his family, including the murder of his parents. At Manuel’s asylum hearing, his solicitor did not attend and he was forced to represent himself. He did not learn that his claim for asylum had been finally refused, until his removal to a deportation centre. Fearing persecution if returned to his home country, he took his own life, hoping his son would be allowed to remain safely in the UK.

What we do

Manuel Bravo Staff

We provide free legal assistance to asylum seekers with First Tier Appeals and Fresh Claim in two ways:

Who We Are

Manuel Bravo Project is a charitable organisation based in Leeds that aims to help asylum seekers who are unable to find adequate legal representation. Our Management Committee is made up of representatives from local and national organisations, churches, ex-clients, and volunteers who work with legal or immigration organisations. The project employs four part time staff and has around 80 active volunteers.

Case Studies

To provide an insight to the kind of work we do here at the Manuel Bravo Project, one of the solicitor teams that we co-ordinate with has kindly written a case study based on an interview with one of our former clients, demonstrating the kind of positive results that we have been able to achieve.

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