Kamena Dorling

Kamena Dorling is a children’s rights experts with particular expertise in immigration and access to justice. 

She is Head of Policy and Advocacy at Article 39, a children’s rights charity, and was previously Group Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Coram. For over a decade, Kamena managed Coram’s Migrant Children’s Project, which promotes the rights of children affected by immigration control in the UK through legal advice, guidance, training and policy advocacy, and co-chaired theRefugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium. She has also worked at Freedom from Torture and as Assistant Director of Women for Refugee Women.

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Kamena has an LLM in International Human Rights Law. She wrote the guide Seeking Support: A guide to the rights and entitlements of separated children, the fifth edition of which came out in 2017 (and the fourth in 2012), and has co-authored a number of reports including Administrative detention of children: A global report (2011); Happy Birthday? Disputing the age of children in the immigration system (2013); Growing up in hostile environment: The rights of undocumented migrant children in the UK (2013); ‘This is my home’: Securing permanent status for long-term resident children and young people in the UK (2017); ‘Rights without remedies: Legal aid and access to justice for children’ (2018); and ‘Uncertain futures: the EU settlement scheme and children and young people’s right to remain in the UK’ (2019).  

Kamena is:
  • Consultant on the CCoM project
  • Work Package 3undertaking legal and policy analysis of care of and by separated child migrants
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