Lecturer in the School of Law, Keele University
Forough is a socio-legal scholar with expertise in immigration and asylum law. She is part of Keele's CLOCK initiative, which is a unique and innovative project with universities, law firms, barrister chambers, mediation, charitable and court services contributing their time to educate, assist, monitor and promote access to justice in the local area. She has represented CLOCK at an international event in Brussels: ‘Border Stories: From there to here - How innovative research into personal experiences can help the EU address Intra EU mobility and Third Country Migration’. Forough was invited to represent CLOCK at this policy conference because of her expertise in narrative and psychosocial studies as applied to asylum-seekers.
Forough also made a significant contribution as an expert in immigration and asylum law, when she recognised that a CLOCK client was potentially a victim of trafficking. She successfully contacted the First Responder resulting in the National Referral Mechanism being initiated and ultimately the successful recognition of a Syrian asylum seeker family as victims of trafficking.
Its still unclear what circumstances led to 31 men and eight women to climb inside a refrigerated lorry, headed to the UK, for what would become their last journey. And its not yet known if this was the work of people...