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Free event to explore Windrush, hostile environment and more

WINDRUSH: The event will explore the hostile environment, law, wellness and prospects for future generation

THE UNIVERSITY of the West Indies (Faculty of Law) and The Trinidad & Tobago High Commission in London in collaboration with The British Foundation for the University of the West Indies (BFUWI), The Commonwealth Secretariat, UK, The Voice Media Group, and The Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT) have come together to present The Sir Learie Constantine Educational Series in Global Justice, Law and Diplomacy; Law & Multicultural Medicine Colloquium 2019. The theme for the June event is “Windrush And The Hostile Environment: Law, Wellness And Prospects For Future Generation”.

Place: The Trinidad & Tobago High Commission.
Date: Saturday 8th June, 2019
Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Admission: Free and open to the public

Workshop Brief:
The Law & Multicultural Medicine Colloquium 2019 focuses on the impact of the Windrush scandal in the Caribbean community and how the diaspora can address its legacy for the benefit of future generations. The Windrush atrocity poignantly reminds us that hostile political immigration decisions impact negatively on a person’s mental health, making them question their place in society and even their self-worth. Moreover, as society’s mental health can be best measured by the just and equal treatment of its citizens through the way its institutions operate, we realise that a lack of legal status and immigrant integration creates not only instability and uncertainty, but it also affects a person’s right to access: healthcare, secure accommodation, employment, education and public funds; things we all take for granted. There is now a growing body of cross-cultural scientific evidence demonstrating artistic opportunities can dramatically improve health outcomes and increase wellbeing. The term social justice is also being used more frequently in the creative arts therapies, psychology, and related multicultural medical professions.  We also examine the last impact on the futures of our children who are third and fourth generation Windrush descendants, how do they see their opportunities for education, fair treatment in employment, health and criminal justice system given the legacy they will inherit.

Confirmed Speakers:
* His Excellency Mr. Orville London, Trinidad & Tobago High Commissioner in UK;

* Baroness Floella Benjamin of Beckenham, OBE, Patron of BFUWI

* Dr. Richard Wilson QC, Head of Chambers, The 36 Group, Visiting Professor of Law Coventry University;

* Professor Gus John, UK Social Justice Doyen/Visiting Professor, Coventry University;  

* Ms. Karen McKenzie, Head of Human Rights, The Commonwealth Secretariat, UK; 

* Mr. Martin Forde QC, Queen’s Counsel at 1 Crown Office Row;

* Ms. Dounne Alexander MBE, Founder, Gramma International; 

* Mrs. Dawn Brathwaite, Partner (Healthcare) Mills & Reeve Solicitors;

* Ms. Jacqueline McKenzie, Immigration Lawyer, McKenzie Beute and Pope; 

* Dr. Erica Mapule McInnis (D.Clin.Psychol), Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist, Nubia Clinical Psychology Training and Consultancy;

* Ms. Lysa Monique Jenkins-Hayden, BBA, MA, CH, LPC, Dance Movement Psychotherapist at Inspired Therapeutic Solutions, Philadelphia. USA;  

* Dr. Angela Fenwick (PhD), Consultant Music Therapist/Director & Founder of the Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT);

* Ms. Susan Belgrave, Barrister-at-law, 7 Bedford Row and Trustee of BFUWI.

* Dr. Courtenay Griffiths QC, Queen's Counsel at 25 Bedford Row Chambers;

* Ms. Desiree Artesi, Barrister-at-law and Board Member, Thomas More Chambers;

* Ms. Brenda King MBE, Chief Executive, African & Caribbean Diversity (UK);

* Dr. Gertrude Shotte, (PhD) Education Consultant, UK;

* Mr. David Stephenson, Barrister-at-law, Doughty Street Chambers, UK;

* Mrs. Alicia Elias-Roberts, Deputy Dean (Outreach), Faculty of Law, UWI, Trinidad.


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