Our staff and volunteers
Estelle du Boulay, Director
Estelle has been a committed campaigner and advocate supporting women’s rights for 20 years. Prior to joining Rights of Women in 2016, she has predominantly worked in charitable organisations whose work focuses on gender and race equality and human rights. These roles have supported organisational models that embrace the delivery of free independent advice alongside outreach, campaign and policy work addressing issues arising from evidence-based casework. She has led on work that increases access to justice, challenges discrimination and seeks greater institutional accountability, particularly in relation to people from BMER (black, minority ethnic and refugee) backgrounds. This has included long-term supportive work with families seeking justice in relation to deaths in police custody over the past decade. She has 10 years experience of strategic and operational management as the former Director of the anti-racist charity Newham Monitoring Project. She is a co-founder of the campaigning umbrella group Netpol.
Jasbindar Bhatoa, Senior Legal Officer (Immigration and Asylum law)
Jasbindar manages and delivers our immigration and asylum law services and projects including the Athena Project. She is a qualified solicitor with experience practising in family and immigration law. She has specialised in immigration law for the past 8 years and has advised vulnerable women including those affected by domestic violence with respect to their immigration status. Jasbindar previously worked at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and is an Accredited Supervisor under the Law Society Accreditation Scheme.
Mandip Ghai, Senior Legal Officer (Family and Criminal law)
Mandip manages and delivers our family and criminal law services and projects including the Ascent Project and is the author of our publication, Child arrangements and domestic violence: a handbook for women. She is a qualified solicitor. Having previously worked in private practice focusing primarily on domestic violence and the law relating to children, she has developed an acute understanding of the challenges facing women who have experienced domestic violence.
Nicole Masri, Senior Legal Officer (Immigration and Asylum law)
Nicole delivers legal advice to women on our immigration and asylum law advice line as part of our Athena Project. She is a qualified solicitor specialising in immigration and asylum law. She has a wide range of experience working with vulnerable refugees and other migrants in both the not for profit sector and private practice including at the Refugee Council. In addition to legal practice, Nicole has a training background and delivers many of our immigration law training courses.
Olive Craig, Senior Legal Officer (Family and Criminal law)
Olive delivers legal advice to women on the Rights of Women family law advice line. She is highly experienced in delivering training around legal issues affecting women to professionals in the VAWG sector. She is a qualified solicitor and has practiced criminal law and family law. She previously worked in private practice representing a wide range of vulnerable people including victims of domestic violence. Her career has focused on children law, in particular, care proceedings and she is an accredited member of the Law Society’s children panel. Before joining Rights of Women, she briefly worked at a local authority gaining insight into their decision making processes.
Deeba Syed, Senior Legal Officer (Sexual Harassment at Work Advice Line)
Deeba joined Rights of Women in 2019 to set up a brand-new employment law advice line for women experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, funded by TIME’S UP UK the Justice and Equality Fund, managed by the Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls. Deeba is a qualified solicitor, originally training in the financial sector and now specialising in employment law. She is an experienced equality and women’s rights campaigner and activist. She has previously worked in politics, communications and the charity sector.
Malinda Mukuma, Training and Events Coordinator
Malinda is responsible for the delivery of our training and events programme. She works closely with our Senior Legal Officer team to design a practical, relevant and accessible programme which ensures that our training and events on vital legal issues affecting women reach those who need them most. Previously Malinda has worked in a number of organisations in the charity and not for profit sectors, and has also volunteered for organisations working with children, refugees and asylum seekers.
Rosemarie Koroma, Finance Officer
Rosemarie is responsible for the financial administration of the organisation. She works closely with the Director, developing and monitoring project budgets and preparing reports for our Board and funders. She is also responsible for minute taking at all Board meetings. Rosemarie has many years’ experience working in financial management in the not for profit sector and also works upstairs in our building with Maternity Action.
Jessye Berkowitz-Werner, Communications Officer
Jessye joined Rights of Women in November 2019 to develop strategic communications to change the public narrative around sexual harassment. In collaboration with TIME’S UP UK and Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, this work aims to challenge harmful assumptions around sexual harassment and improve access to justice for the women who experience it. Jessye has a BA in Politics and International Relations and a MSc in Development Studies, with focus on human rights, asylum, gender and post-colonial studies. Jessye has previous experience campaigning and advocating for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and has volunteered in the political and charity sectors.
Kate Holmes – Services and Administration Officer
Kate is responsible for the smooth running of our services. Assisted by office volunteers, she collates data for our funders and coordinates our advice line volunteers. She has a lot of experience in organisation and management in a wide variety of settings including formerly as a nanny and a librarian. She is also a dedicated feminist campaigner, with experience organising marches, running feminist groups and volunteering at various women’s organisations.
Our volunteer legal advisers are women solicitors and barristers practicing in our core areas of law: family, criminal and immigration and asylum. They are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Bar Standards Board and hold full practising certificates. They attend a compulsory advice line skills training course before beginning to advise on our advice lines.
“I volunteer at Rights of Women because I think that the recent legal aid cuts have disproportionately affected women and children and limit their access to justice. I believe that Rights of Women has an important role to play in the education and empowerment of women and that all women should be able to get legal advice on issues that affect them.
I enjoy being part of an organisation that strives to help women and I enjoy knowing from the feedback that I receive that I have helped someone to feel better and more knowledgeable about their situation. I think others should volunteer because this is a service which is desperately needed and I think they will get a huge amount of satisfaction from volunteering.”
Lauren, family law solicitor and Volunteer Legal Adviser
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Our office volunteers support our office administration and the delivery of our services for women. During their placements with us, they have the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities and provide invaluable support to our work.
“The one month volunteering I did with Rights of Women has been invaluable to me. It showed me a different side of the legal profession that I had never before explored. It also exposed me to a great range of legal situations, scenarios and areas of the law I had never considered. Working with Rights of Women actually helped me feel like something I was a part of was having a real and positive effect on someone else’s life.”
Aimee, law student and former office volunteer
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