Help Rodrigo Edema Fight Back Against Discrimination at City of Sanctuary, Sheffield UK
I am known nationally and internationally for my ten years work with City of Sanctuary Sheffield (COSS). As the Project Coordinator and Awareness Raising Coordinator, I carried out valuable awareness-raising work within schools, universities, local authorities and training at the Home Office sites of Croydon and Solihull. I represented COSS at Westminster. I also served as a board member of City of Sanctuary nationally.
I was the person who first envisaged, developed and coordinated ‘the Welcome Project for Asylum Seekers’ arriving in Sheffield. I was instrumental in the formation and development of The Sanctuary advice and drop-in venue situated at Chapel Walk, city centre Sheffield.
I was not only the longest serving staff member at COSS, but also the only ethnic minority staff member. Last spring at the beginning of the worldwide pandemic and lockdown, COSS Trustees sacked me under the guise of redundancy. During my long tenure at COSS, I endured bullying and racism from the leadership team, who removed all of my job roles step by step. Those job roles were then gifted to new workers who in one way or another had links or were related to some of the trustees.
Attempts by local individuals and asylum seeker support organisations, including Trade Union Organisations to create a meeting to discuss and hold COSS accountable were rejected by COSS. Presently, my claim for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination is in the Employment Tribunal Court system. COSS have hired one of the top employment law firms in the UK who have attempted to get the case struck out on several occasions.
I am a “Litigant-In Person” and determined to get justice, not only for myself but for all those whom COSS wrongly purport to assist, and I need your support.
One of the concerns is that the present Director at COSS is the son-in-law of the out-gone Director. I was excluded from being short listed for the position of Director, notwithstanding my demonstrable wealth of experience and work in building COSS and have lived experience of being a refugee.
I am hoping the legal case will shed light on this and other discriminatory practices. How can City of Sanctuary Sheffield be a safe place for asylum seekers and refugees when they abuse, fire and try to cover up their mistreatment of their only ethnic minority Black member of staff?
I am in need of legal support. I have engaged a specialist Barrister who is preparing the Tribunal paperwork. I desperately need funds towards litigation fees, to defend myself and get justice in this case as am not working and do not have the means to fund it myself.
Please contribute what you can to support this important cause in seeking Justice.
Don’t let them silence Rodrigo Edema!
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