MigrationWork is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and a not-for-profit consultancy. Its members help communities, practitioners and policy-makers respond to migration by developing area-based strategies, sharing best practice, and supporting policy development, with the overall aim of ensuring both migrant and 'host' communities can benefit and move towards better integration.
Bella started as SLF Project Manager on 1st February 2016, taking over from Gerry Hickey. Bella has an MA in Politics and Anthropology from University of Glasgow and an LLM in International Law from University of Sussex. She began working with migrants through Student Action for Refugees while at university in 2008 and has since worked with a number of organisations such as Hackney Migrant Centre, MigrationWork, Migrants' Rights Network and New Europeans. These roles have given her extensive experience and knowledge of working with migrants on a local community level, as well as broader national level.
Bella has a strong background in event and project management for migrant and refugee organisations, as well as comms and development work; at New Europeans she is developing their work with local migrant communities in London. She also founded Greenwich Migrant Hub, a weekly drop-in centre for vulnerable migrants and developed the Community Integration Awards scheme for local migrant community groups and statutory services.
Sue Lukes directs the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants, and leads on the action learning element. A director of MigrationWork CIC, she has been working with refugees and migrants since 1974. She is a specialist in housing and immigration law, editing a website (www.housing-rights.info), writing articles for advice and legal press and training advisers, lawyers, housing staff and others, drawing on her experience of running a housing aid and legal service for SHAC and Shelter in London. She has managed a legal service, worked with legal advisers on development and researched many related areas for organisations such as the Legal Services Commission, the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Refugee Action, and Asylum Aid. She has also evaluated many projects and published several research reports. She is on the board of a housing association and a small fund offering development money for refugee projects, and has advised two major funders on developing work on migration. She chairs Music in Detention which she helped found. Her interest in the rights of child refugees dates from an early age: her father arrived on the Kindertransport in 1939.