Our mission is to support migrants and disadvantaged Britons to access employment justice, and improve their social mobility. To this end, every week in London and Manchester we run a free and multilingual advice clinic. We help our beneficiaries fight employment rights breaches such as non-payment, we provide employability and benefits advice, and we help them secure their immigration status when they need it. Our multilingual team of caseworkers currently offer support in nine languages; English, Ukrainian, Romanian, Russian, Bulgarian, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Bengali.
We also recognise the importance of changing the systems that create socioeconomic disadvantage. This is why we use our frontline insights to raise the profile of inequality, and work with policymakers to address it.
Olivia co-founded the Work Rights Centre in 2016 when the charity was a handful of volunteers based out of Wembley Library. Olivia takes the lead in strategy development, ensuring the team has the vision, resources, and reputation to deliver on our mission.
A trained anthropologist, Olivia became interested in employment justice while researching for her PhD at the University of Oxford, where she conducted an ethnography of Romanian migrants' trajectories into precarious jobs in London. She leads the Work Rights Centre’s policy and research team.
Olivia is the organisation's key spokesperson and is available for media interviews.
Languages spoken: Romanian, French and English
Kasia initially joined the Work Rights Centre as a volunteer, following her commitment to fairness, access to employment and decent pay for all. She is now responsible for the charity’s fundraising, financial management and operational strategy.
Languages spoken: Polish and English
Andrei uses his background in economics and quantitative research to drive research and policy discussions on workers' rights and immigration issues. He focuses on community research and large-scale data analysis to identify the trends, patterns and commonalities in the issues faced by our clients, and migrant populations in the UK.
Before joining the research team, Andrei worked as a full-time service provider and has led on supporting Ukrainians who fled to the UK after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Languages spoken: Ukrainian, Russian and English
Luke is a solicitor. He has over 10 years of experience advising and assisting clients in all areas of immigration. Previously Head of Policy at the3million, he has been instrumental in numerous legal and political changes to the lives of EU citizens living in the UK. He brings invaluable expertise in policy influencing, strategic litigation and advocacy to the Work Rights Centre.
Languages spoken: English
Lora leads on casework with clients in the South of England. One of our longest-standing team members, Lora joined the charity as a volunteer in 2017. Alongside working with clients, Lora develops our partnerships with other like-minded organisations to build our reach and resources, and encourage collaboration towards shared goals.
Lora is particularly interested in community engagement, and equality and diversity in the workplace. She holds a BA in International Business Management from the University of West London, and is currently studying towards a Law Degree (LLM) at Birkbeck, University of London.
Language spoken: Bulgarian and English
Raluca founded the Manchester branch of the Work Rights Centre in 2019. She manages our employment rights and employability clinic based out of Manchester Central Library every Saturday. She is also a data analyst and works to produce monitoring and evaluation reports that demonstrate our impact.
Raluca joined the Work Rights Centre because she is committed to combating labour exploitation, and the right of all UK and EU citizens to equal treatment.
Languages spoken: Romanian and English
Bethany leads on employment casework with clients at our London clinic. She has experience working on all types of employment rights cases, supporting clients whose cases go to a tribunal or a small claims court. Bethany has previously led projects supporting Latin American migrants and refugees who find themselves in precarious or exploitative work.
A fluent Spanish speaker originally from Minnesota USA, Bethany has been working with migrant and refugee populations in various capacities for over 10 years. Bethany moved to London in 2016 to pursue an MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development from SOAS University London, and more recently completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University where she was awarded the BPP Career Commitment Scholarship in 2021. She is currently studying for the Solicitors Qualifying Exams.
Languages spoken: Spanish and English
Serena joined the Work Right Centre Manchester branch in 2020 to support EU migrants increase their social mobility by gaining sustainable and rewarding employment. Serena supports clients in drafting CVs and cover letters, job applications, practising interview techniques, and searching for jobs.
With over 7 years experience as a language teacher in UK schools, Serena speaks five languages making her one of our most talented linguists.
Languages spoken: French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and English
Zac is a software developer with a long running interest in social justice. He has been a supporter of the Work Rights Centre since its foundation, and has built its web and print identity. He currently oversees the development of the website, digital tools, and production of promotional materials.
Languages spoken: English
Rob is Deputy Director at the Migration Observatory, and a researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, specialising in media and migration issues. Before moving into his current role Rob was a journalist for various national newspapers and magazines in the UK and worked in strategic communications roles for environmental and development NGOs.
Laura is a qualified project manager with a degree in Economics and a BA (Hons) in Business Management. She is passionate about making a difference for the good and bringing ideas to life. After living and working in four different countries, Laura has seen enough to know she wants to help make a difference and advocate for the fair treatment of immigrants and access to employment justice with the hope of ending modern day slavery.
Laura Chilintan is a co-founder of the Work Rights Centre and currently shares the Treasurer role with Laura Tutuianu. Outside of WoRC, she manages legal migrant projects for the Law Centres Network, with a focus on immigration and crime. As a trustee, she has an interest in data, service design and inclusivity, and strengthening the link between service provision and strategic work.
Mona is a human rights and feminist advocate with over ten years of experience working with civil society organisations, either in a professional capacity or on a voluntary basis. Mona was most recently the Programmes Manager at Women Now for Development, where she guided the implementation of the programmatic strategy in line with the organisation's values and priorities. She was particularly focused on expanding WN's work on transformative justice and accountability in the Syrian context, whether through initiatives that support strategic litigation or research concerning feminist knowledge production.
Mona holds an MSc In Global Governance and Diplomacy and a BA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut. She is currently pursuing an LLM in Gender, Conflict, and Human Rights at the Ulster University in Belfast and is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.
Sadat is a leading barrister practising at Garden Court Chambers. He specialises in advice, representation and advocacy in all areas of immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation, detention, national security, EU free movement and human rights law. He is one of the general editors of the 10th edition of Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice (the leading practitioner text on immigration law) and is an Assistant Consultant Editor of the British Nationality title in Halsbury’s Laws of England. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.
Miranda is a barrister at Landmark Chambers. She specialises in public law, with a particular focus on migrants' rights and trafficking issues. Prior to starting practice, Miranda was a judicial assistant at the UK Supreme Court and has also worked for the European Court of Human Rights. In 2022, Miranda co-founded the award-winning Ukraine Advice Project, which provides free legal information and advice to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
WoRC holds the Advice Quality Standard for Advice and Casework in employment, and our advisers are accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to provide Level 1 Immigration advice.
We are members of several national and local voluntary associations, because we firmly believe that social justice comes from working together. We have established referral networks with the Free Representation Unit, Law Works and Advocate, and are proud members of the Employment Legal Advice Network.
We are also active members of local community networks supported by local authorities. To date, we are collaborating with Brent (via CVS, Brent Community Advice Network, Brent Eastern European Network), Barnet (via the Romanian and Eastern European Hub), Bromley (via Bromley by Bow Insights), Enfield (via the Edmonton Community Partnership, and the Bulgarian Centre for Social Integration and Culture), Harrow (Romanian and Eastern European Network), Haringey (Employment Support Team), and Newham (Compost).
On a national level, WoRC has joined the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the Foundation for Social Improvement and the Small Charity Coalition, and is a proud supporter of the Living Wage Foundation.
We are grateful to have been funded by grants from The Henry Smith Charity, A B Charitable Trust, National Lottery Community Fund, The Tudor Trust, City Bridge Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Justice Together, and local government funds, as well as by individual private donations. Thanks to Dataplan for payroll services.