Safe Passage: keeping the culture of human rights alive

The British organisation fighting to offer child refugees safe and legal routes to the UK will use its prize money to help achieve its objective of resettling 10 000 children over 10 years, explains Charlotte Morris, the organisation's head of communications and development, to EESC Info.

EESC Info: What does this prize mean for you and your organisation?

Safe Passage: The award represents our strong determination to place human dignity and human rights at the heart of our work. These are values that we know are shared by people across Europe and, despite the uncertainties of the future, these values will remain constant.

What advice would you give to other organisations in terms of achieving results with such activities and programmes?

At Safe Passage we are determined to open safe and legal routes for refugees. Our team and partners have a "just do it" attitude; being a small organisation helps with this too.

How will you use this specific funding to provide further help in the community?

This award will help us continue our campaign to give more child refugees access to safe passage, in particular:

FIRST, to defend the right of refugee children in Europe to family reunification in the UK now and post Brexit.

SECOND, to continue our campaign to secure a commitment from the UK government to resettle 10 000 child refugees over the next 10 years.

and THIRD, to campaign to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards Britain offering protection to refugees, and attitudes more broadly across Europe.

How will Brexit affect your work?

We have plans in place to ensure that it will not affect our operations. We have secured an amendment to the Brexit Withdrawal Bill to enable child refugees to continue to be reunited with their families in Britain following Brexit. We will also continue to reunite refugees with their families across Europe.