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Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants

Funder collaborative seeks a legal system that is fairer and more supportive of migrant children and young people in the UK.

The Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) is a fund to support legal work that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures to uphold and promote the rights of migrant groups in the UK. The goal of SLF is to make sure all migrants in the UK can get justice when they need it through the legal system that guides, connects and protects us all.

SLF aims to tackle injustices and inconsistencies in law and practice that disadvantage or discriminate against people as a result of their migration status. It does this by making grants to law firms, law centers, and NGOs to undertake pre-litigation research, or make third-party interventions to ensure that the key legal points are made in existing cases.

The fund supports pre-litigation research and evidence gathering that is needed to build a test case for strategic litigation. It also supports third-party interventions in cases where they assist the court to reach a judgment that protects migrants’ rights.

The Strategic Legal Fund is the UK’s only dedicated strategic litigation fund. This collaborative advances Unbound’s System strategy, to support litigation that will stop or revoke unfair policies and improve accountability in the immigration system.

Year Founded



Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Trust for London, and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Using strategic litigation to tackle disadvantages faced by vulnerable migrant children and young people

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