Migrants’ Rights Scotland is an organisation led by migrants with diverse life histories and based in various regions across Scotland.
Our network brings together migrants of numerous backgrounds, residency status, ethnicities and nationalities, and with varying experiences and levels of available opportunities. They connect us with thousands of other migrants who are trying to make their lives here.
Pat Elsmie – Pat.Elsmie[at]migrantsrightsscotland.org.uk
Her commitment to equality and human rights involves Pat in the UK-wide Migrants Rights Network as a Scotland-based Director. It has led her to co-found Migrants’ Rights Scotland in April 2010. She is Vice-Convenor of the Human Rights Consortium of Scotland, a network of civil society organisations; treasurer of the Cross-Party Group on Human Rights at the Scottish Parliament and she attends the CPGs on Race Equality and Mental Health. She has also been part of the Black Leadership Network team commissioned to work with a pilot group of Health Boards in Scotland to improve their race equality practice.
An accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, with an established private practice in counselling and supervision, she has, most recently, managed a unique Edinburgh-based organisation that supports the mental health and well-being of black, minority ethnic and migrant women and girls.
Sarah Kyambi – info[at]migrantsrightsscotland.org.uk
Sarah works as a consultant on immigration and integration policy. She is based in Edinburgh and much of her recent work has focused on the intersections between immigration and devolved policy in Scotland. She is the author of forthcoming CoSLA guidance for Local Authorities on migrants’ entitlements to benefits and services in Scotland. She also wrote ‘Room for Manouevre? The options for addressing immigration policy divergence between Holyrood and Westminster’ (2009) that explores options for a more regionalised immigration system.
Sarah was awarded her PhD in Refugee Law in 2002. She has wide-ranging policy experience having worked for various think tanks in Edinburgh and London. She was deputy director of the David Hume Institute in Edinburgh until December 2009. In London she was research fellow on the Migration, Equalities and Citizenship Team at the Institute for Public Policy Research where she was responsible for the high-impact report: ‘Beyond Black and White: Mapping new immigrant communities’ (2005).
Mustapha Akoub – info[at]migrantsrightsscotland.org.uk
Mustapha holds a Law degree from Morocco and a Master degree in International Law from the University of Glasgow. He also holds a teaching degree from the same university and currently works as a teacher in a secondary school. He is also a part-time language lecture at university level.
Apart from his role as a director of Migrants’ Rights Scotland, he pursues his interest and commitment to equality and human rights as the UK Coordinator of AFD International, an international human rights organisation.
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