Whilst entering the UK, the husband of a couple got detained and taken by the police, the wife is distraught and doesn't know what to do. I'm travelling with her now and supporting with WiFi and money and whatever else I can. I'm wondering if anybody can share some useful resources concerning the legal support part of it?

Update: I accompanied her to a station in London where someone she knew could meet her. Via some phone calls they are making some contact to a lawyer.

I kept her contact though in case something seems useful to send on.

I think the main help her though was just getting her to a safe place to continue from where she can rest and recover.

The police should not have left her in such a state on her own. The train people were really nice, but bound by their jobs in how much they could help.

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@hhardy01 thanks! Although I'm concerned about how hard it is to really access informed support:

"You can get legal aid if you’re on a low income and you’re:
experiencing domestic abuse
applying for asylum
a victim of trafficking"

"If you choose an adviser without legal aid funding, you could end up spending thousands of pounds."

I feel pretty useless when it comes to law. I suspect her network of people have more info and experience, once she has time and space for that.


I wish I could give better more specific advice. I am in Boston and don't know much or anything really about UK immigration.

You are doing the right thing, thanks.

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