A sexual abuse survivor has been deported to Jamaica after information about her case failed to reach the Home Office due to a broken fax machine.
The woman, known only as JP, has been sent back to the country she fled through fear of torture and death, as human rights lawyers tried desperately to send information about her situation to the the British Government. Information that would have guaranteed her safety in the country.
After repeatedly trying, and failing, to reach the office by fax, lawyers at the Habeas Corpus Project were told that the fax machine was working, and that there was no alternative email address. As JP’s flight took off, the Home Office decided that their fax machine was in fact broken, and there was an alternative email address three minutes too late.
Habeas Corpus explain the case on their website:
JP fled Jamaica following a life of extreme abuse. She had been in the UK for seven years and had no criminal offences. Last week an independent medical practitioner based at Yarl’s Wood found the history of repeated sexual abuse to be genuine and amounted to torture… If [the case] had been received, the Home Office would be obliged to consider our representations before removing her.
As the incident only happened yesterday, there is unfortunately no further news on what is being done by the Government, or on the safety of JP following her removal.
Habeas Corpus Project