It Can be Done is a new podcast from the Migrants’ Law Project that explores how strategic litigation can be used for social change. Episodes are released every two weeks.
The first series will look at the work of lawyers, activists, and others during the ‘refugee crisis’ of 2015. For the first time, it will tell the story of how people came together to use strategic litigation to open up safe and legal routes to family reunion for refugees trapped in dire conditions in informal camps on the European mainland. We will focus on the work to reunite children and young people in Calais with family in the UK. Over several episodes, we’ll delve into how the legal strategy developed, we’ll meet the people involved, we’ll learn about the collaborations with charities, doctors and volunteers on the ground, we’ll discuss the law, and we’ll look at the legacy of the work.
Episode #1: “My name is Kotaiba. I am from Syria”
Episode #2: The Jungle or “The best and worst of humanity in one place”
New episodes will be released every two weeks. You can sign up for alerts here.
You can find out more about the Migrants’ Law Project’s work to open up safe and legal routes to family reunion here.
We would like to thank all of the refugees, lawyers, doctors, charities and activists who shared their time in developing and creating this podcast.
It Can Be Done was created and developed by the Migrants’ Law Project, a legal and public legal education project, hosted by Islington Law Centre. Commissioning and development support for series one from Shine A Light and Lacuna magazine.
Interviews, story development and production by Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi.
Production and editing by Simone Lai.
Additional production support and story development by Nija Dalal-Small.
Interpretation by Tarik Arif.
Images kindly provided by Juliet Kilpin, director, Peaceful Borders.
Theme music taken from the Stone Flowers album, Ngunda, and was kindly provided with permission from Music Action International. Stone Flowers are a refugee torture survivor collective from around the world who meet regularly to write, share and perform songs to raise awareness about human rights abuses and to connect audiences in a positive and uplifting way. The programme is delivered with Music Action International who create life-changing music with people affected by war, torture and persecution. To hear more visit www.musicaction.org.
Thanks to Lara Whyte and Connor Johnston for production advice and support.