Owen has been temporarily granted to stay, but still needs your help to remain!
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We are now raising funds to directly cover Owen Haisley's on-going legal costs in order for him to remain in the UK to provide for his young children and to serve the community of Greater Manchester as a youth worker and musician, following his deportation to Jamaica being halted on Feb 5th, due to overwhelming public interest in his case.
Despite over 100,000 people signing this online petition and MP Lucy Powell directly raising Owen's case in Parliament with the Secretary of State, Owen is effectively in a legal no-mans-land as we continue to fight for his stay in the UK.
Legally, Owen is unable to seek meaningful employment, claim any benefits, or even access the NHS, as the Home Office have revoked his indefinite leave to remain visa - which means he has no access to any support of any kind - which puts a huge strain on his family and friends, particularly when it comes to trying to cover his mounting legal costs. Having taken advice on the likely costs Owen will face, it is anticipated that we need to raise at least a further £5000 - on top of the £10,000 already borrowed from family and friends to pay recent legal bills.
We are calling on Owen's loyal supporters to donate to what is set to be a long, mentally challenging and expensive legal process ahead. With your help, your donations will directly pay for:
1) Solicitor and barrister costs (for the ongoing Judicial Review and further legal processes Owen will have to undergo in order to re-secure his residence in the UK)
2) Reports from expert witnesses (to be presented to the court to support Owen's stay in the UK)
3) Mental health support for Owen as his case continues (having been detained in two rat-infested deportation centres over 6 months, 200 miles away from children - and having witnessed two attempted suicides by other detainees, whilst detained).
By supporting this campaign, you are directly contributing to keeping Owen, a tax-paying, hard-working, community-minded, father of three young children who has lived in the UK since the age of 4 (now 45), in the UK.
Thank you in advance for anything you can donate! Owen greatly appreciates your contribution and support in helping him to remain in the UK with his family. :)
GO FUND ME LINK:
Story So Far Links:
Owen thanking his supporters, following his release on bail (04.03.19):
Lucy Powell MP raising Owen's case in Parliament:https://www.facebook.com/lucy4mcr/posts/2217508101648324
The backstory surrounding Owen's deportation order:
Previous Story So Far:
Owen arrived legally in the UK in 1977, with his mother and sister, when he was just four years old. He has three children, all of whom have full British citizenship.
He is a drum and bass/ jungle MC, music tutor and community worker (AKA Madrush MC), and has been part of the Manchester music scene for his entire life.
He paid £6000 for applications that were incorrectly processed by his previous solicitors.
He has been detained and is currently being held at Harmondsworth Removal Centre. Along with 50 other people, he is due for deportation to Jamaica on Tuesday 5th February - the day before the Stanstead 15 sentencing.
His case is currently ongoing, and he is awaiting a response from the Home Office. Supporters are very concerned that the response may not be issued until shortly before he is due to leave the country.
This is the first plane to attempt to deport people to Jamaica since the Windrush scandal. They will be escorted by large numbers of security personnel.
There are more than 50 people who need our immediate support.
The flight leaves in 2 days.
(The departure date has changed from the 5th to the 6th)
If contacting MP's or the Home Office, please use Owen's Home Office reference number which is: H1269358
People to call:
Lucy Powell MP Central Manchester - 0161-232-0872
Afzal Khan MP Shadow Minister of State for Immigration - 0161-226-5546
Dianne Abbot MP Shadow Home Secretary - 020 721-9 4330
David Lammy MP - 020-721-907-67
STOP the PLANE - Emergency Meeting Tuesday 5th Feb at 7PM as below:
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EDIT* The Change.org online petition worked. We now ask people to STOP donating to the petition - as the money goes to Change.org to pay for advertising the petition (it does not go to the campaign or towards Owen's legal costs). Over 100,000 people have signed it, which is a fantastic result, but we now must focus on using this to maintain media interest to keep Owen and the other men in the public eye, while they remain detained indefinitely. ***
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