Follow up to Katie's case
Re: follow up to Katie’s case
Thank you for signing up to offer support to Katie – we were all deeply moved when she spoke at the Global Women’s Strike International Conference describing the judge’s outrageous ruling which has separated her from her baby daughter. In case you didn’t see it already, here is the article in the Daily Mail which appeared on the same day as Katie spoke, telling her side of the story for the first time.
We wanted to update you on what is happening. If you can offer help with any of the following, please let us know:
- We are trying to get Katie’s case back into court so she can get more contact with her daughter (she only sees her for 1 ½ hours supervised every fortnight). We are urgently looking for a pro bono barrister who would be ready to give advice and/or represent her in court.
- We are looking for a qualified social worker who would agree to supervise contact (currently in a contact centre in Streatham) on a pro bono basis so that she can see her daughter on Christmas Eve. She is unable to pay the £100 which the current supervisor would charge. She would also like to extend the existing contact by half an hour but again, but this would cost her £35 a visit. If we can’t find anyone pro bono, we will do a collection to cover the Christmas visit.
- We will soon be circulating a letter to the head of the Family Division about the way the judge mis-handled the issue of breastfeeding/co-sleeping/carrying in a sling. What she did is an attack on all breastfeeding mothers and children, and must not be allowed to stand. We are anxious for the letter to go round as widely as possible, and for people/organisations to endorse it. Please circulate it as widely as you can.
- We are trying to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. Katie is waiting to hear from lawyers who expressed an interest in this.
If you can help with any of the above or have any ideas, please let us know.
Hoping to hear from you.
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