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Asylum For Chi Kim Phung

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We are asking for Chi Kim Phung to be granted asylum in the UK.

Vulnerable 20-year-old Vietnamese girl still in danger of being deported to Vietnam.

Please find out about recent developments.

Chi arrived in the UK from Vietnam in January 2017. She is a vulnerable young woman who suffered sexual abuse as a child in her home country and came to the UK as a traumatised 16-year-old. Her father set up a servitude relationship in the West Midlands for her so that she could help to pay off family debts. This relationship was potentially sexually abusive, but Chi managed to escape and has been in foster care since. She applied for asylum. Since then she has overcome her trauma and has developed into a more confident person. She is now making a positive contribution to her community. She has been doing an Access to Nursing course at a local college because she wants to be a nurse in the future. Chi is a kind, helpful and caring person. She speaks English fluently. During the pandemic she got involved with a sewing project, making PPE when there was a shortage. She has worked as a volunteer at a local further education college. She is a gentle and competent person who will be an asset to any working environment but especially in a healthcare setting, which is her chosen future career. More recently, Chi has been volunteering at a local hospital.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/22/home-office-breaches-own-rules-deporting-vietnamese-migrants?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/aug/01/ho...

The above articles shed more light on the situation. Chi has applied for asylum but was refused. Her two appeals have failed. Why are we failing to validate the severity of the crime when under-age girls, or indeed any women, suffer sexual abuse, servitude and rape? In April, at the time of the above article, home office officials came to detain Chi at her foster carer’s home. But her foster carer was not prepared to let strangers invade her house to drag a vulnerable young girl from her bed. Chi was asleep at the time. The officers finally backed off and left without Chi. However, on 13/07/21, she was detained during her monthly home office appointment. She was first held at a Birmingham detention centre but then moved to Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre near Luton. Her solicitor secured her release just one day before Chi was due to be deported on 28 July. She is now back with her foster mum and has just 45 days to submit a new claim. Chi is terrified she might be refused.

We are asking for Chi to be granted asylum in the UK.

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