“Sana” – Individual Award Winner – 2014

“Sana”, a Pakistani woman who was brought to England following an arranged marriage aged 17 and subsequently abandoned following domestic violence, has bravely spoken out about her experience of being sexually assaulted on three occasions by a member of health care staff at Yarl’s Wood when she was detained there. In pushing for the authorities to be held to account, Sana has helped expose the multi-layered culture of disbelief that has allowed such abuse to thrive. She has inspired and supported many other women asylum seekers to stand up and speak out and has given hope to many who are struggling but still fighting the injustices of the immigration system.