People

 

Staff

Miranda Reilly, Director

Miranda Reilly is the Director of AVID; leading and working with the team to set and meet AVID’s strategic aims. Miranda joined AVID in April 2022 and is responsible for ensuring it’s financial and organisational capacity to carry out AVID’s mission to build communities in solidarity with people who have been detained. 

Miranda has more than ten years’ experience of working in the charity sector with a focus on local organisations that support young people and vulnerable adults. Prior to joining AVID, Miranda was Director of Strategic Partnerships at Drive Forward Foundation, working with young adults who have grown up in the UK care system to support them into employment. Miranda has worked with and continues to volunteer with a number of migrant community groups in London and Kent. Her commitment to migrant solidarity is motivated by this work and witnessing the punitive nature of our immigration system and its impact on those who must navigate it.

Gee Manoharan, Policy and Communication Manager

Gee is one of our Policy and Communication Manager, responsible for increasing public awareness about detention reform and amplifying the work of AVID’s network to reduce the human and social cost of immigration detention. He has a strong background in voluntary sector development and community-based approaches, gained both in Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland. He was a founding member of the Larne House Visitors Group which supports those detained in Larne, outside Belfast.

He has first-hand experience of detention in Colnbrook IRC and Larne House STHF. Following his release he became a visitor to people held in detention. In his role, he brings a full spectrum of experiences as a survivor of detention and also the experience of visiting.  

 

Fiona co-Training & Membership CoordinatorFiona Ranford, Training and Membership Coordinator

Fiona is our Training and Membership Coordinator at AVID, with a responsibility for providing and coordinating training, support and information to our membership; making visitors groups more sustainable; and raising awareness of the impact of volunteer visiting on people in detention. 

Fiona joined AVID in September 2020. She has worked as a trainer and educator within social movements and voluntary organisations for over 10 years supporting people to advocate and organise for social justice from the global to the local level, from struggles against environmental injustice to housing rights and religious discrimination. Her work has frequently focussed on building relationships of solidarity across differences of power, identity, belief and experience. Alongside her role at AVID she is carrying out research into approaches to transformative political education in the UK and volunteers locally with a migrant solidarity group.

This role was made possible by a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. 


Trustees

Carolina Albuerne, co-chair

Carolina is an expert practitioner and consultant in the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable migrants. She has over seventeen years of front line experience in the refugee and migrant field.Her experience spans from working with newly arrived asylum seekers to supporting those facing destitution and immigration detention in the UK. She has expertise in working with vulnerable populations such as victims of trafficking and torture and is an experienced trainer and facilitator.

She has worked for the Refugee Council, Freedom from Torture, Solace (Surviving Exile and Persecution) and the Poppy Project amongst others. She currently works at Refugee Action as Good Practice and Partnerships Manager leading on the organisation’s capacity building strategy. arolina has been a Trustee of AVID since 2011. 

Jayne Butler, co-chair

Jayne joined the AVID Board of Trustees in February 2021. She is the CEO of Rape Crisis England & Wales, the national umbrella body for Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales. Jayne brings a range of experience of working for membership bodies and the wider voluntary sector, with 13 years experience in leadership and governance of small charities. 

 

Jayne is passionate about access to justice and has previously worked in many organisations that support asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants including Law Centres Network, North East Law Centre, The Comfrey Project and North of England Refugee Service.

 

 

Elizabeth Flint, Trustee

 

Beth joined the AVID Board of Trustees in January 2018. She is an Expert Witness in trafficking and modern slavery and an experienced practitioner in providing frontline support, advocacy, advice and guidance to victims of trafficking and modern slavery, refugees and asylum seekers and to practitioners and services supporting the same. She also has expertise in working with survivors of torture and gender based violence. Beth joined AVID to support the work of AVID’s member groups. She has experience of visiting and assessing detainees in detention through her work and can relate to some of the many challenges experienced by volunteer visitors. She hopes to help volunteers to better identify some of the many barriers to disclosure experienced by detainees and to help volunteers better support their complex needs.

Tom Nunn, Trustee 

Tom joined the AVID board in May 2020. He is a public law and immigration solicitor. He is accredited as a senior immigration caseworker and qualified as a solicitor in 2016 whilst working at Wilson Solicitors LLP where he worked in the immigration, public law and criminal departments. Following this, he managed the Right to Liberty project at Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), where he gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Immigration Detention in March 2018 and also delivered training around the country to different groups supporting people in immigration detention, including many members of AVID. He then worked as an immigration solicitor at ATLEU before returning to BID to assist with their work in light of the coronavirus outbreak. He began working in the Public Law Team at Duncan Lewis solicitors in 2020. Tom joined AVID to help provide legal insight and to assist AVID and its members to help unpick the extremely complex legal landscape connected to detention. He believes that the collaboration between visitors’ groups and lawyers is crucial to provide proper, effective support to those held in immigration detention. 

Michael Darko, Trustee

Michael Joined the AVID Board of Trustees October 2018. He is a human rights campaigner and activist.

Michael has first-hand experience of detention in Morton Hall and Brook House. He was trained by the Samaritans as a listener/peer support whilst in detention providing vital help and emotional support to people in detention. Following his release, he became a visitor to people in detention and a staunch campaigner. Currently a student ar Goldsmiths University of London, he joined AVID to support the work of AVID’s members groups and brings a diverse experience as a survivor of detention, a campaigner and the experience of visiting.