Autograph presents Rights in Light of Covid-19: Race and Migration, Online


Price: Free/ Pay What You Can


A black and white photo with two images of a topless man. Twins by Rotimi Fani-Kayode, 1988. Courtesy Autograph, London.

In a new series of online events, Autograph is exploring human rights in light of Covid-19 – and the impact on civil liberties now and in the future.

Join us for the first event discussing race, racism, immigration and free movement in the context of the global pandemic, with a focus on the UK. Our speakers will be Jabeer Butt (Chief Executive of Race Equality Foundation) and Colin Yeo (immigration barrister and Editor of the Free movement blog).

In a livestreamed conversation, they will consider:
• Health inequality and the impact of coronavirus on BAME communities
• The role structural racism plays in the experience of the pandemic
• Access to healthcare for asylum seekers and migrants under the UK’s hostile environment policy
• The impact on the immigration system and on migrants and their families

The talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Find out more on our website.

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Colin Yeo is a specialist immigration barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law blog – a popular resource in the UK immigration law sector, widely read by lawyers, judges and members of the public.

Colin’s work covers the full range of immigration law, from asylum cases through to EU free movement law, thorny nationality law issues and representing high net worth clients and businesses. Colin’s forthcoming book, Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System will be released in July 2020.

Jabeer Butt is the Chief Executive of Race Equality Foundation where he has gained an international reputation for the use of evidence in developing interventions that help overcome discrimination and disadvantage. Jabeer leads the Foundation’s work around health and housing, as well as parenting and community initiatives.

He also oversees the Foundation’s role in the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, which has seen the Foundation facilitate better conversations between the black and minority ethnic-led voluntary sector and the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England to better ensure that consideration for race equality, and equality as a whole, guide the transformation of health and social care. In 2013 he received an OBE for his work promoting race equality.

This event will take place online only, via Zoom, and everyone is welcome. Tickets are ‘pay what you can’, and there’s no obligation to pay in order to attend the event. Autograph is a registered charity, all ticket proceeds support our arts and learning programmes.

Book a free ticket on our website, on Eventbrite, or the Facebook event. To ‘pay what you can’, just add a donation amount with your tickets.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Also supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Image: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Twins, 1988.

This event will have BSL interpretation. A captioned version of the panel discussion will be made available on our blog after the event.



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