WHY WAS PRCBC FOUNDED?

During the course of Solange Valdez-Symonds’ work as a solicitor, she kept seeing cases of children and young people who had a right to register but who had either lost that right or had suffered years of abuse, destitution, isolation, detention and loss of basic rights due to their lack of British citizenship.

Solange decided to create PRCBC in late November 2012 after she reduced her paid working days to make time for her PRCBC pro bono work. She initially ran this on her own from home, one day a week.

Two weeks later, Carol Bohmer sent an e-mail listing her impressive work and life experience and asked to join PRCBC. PRCBC became a registered charitable company on the 3 August 2015. On 31 January 2020, PRCBC was registered as a charity with the Charities Commission. On 4 August 2022, PRCBC became a charitable incorporated organisation. From 20 March 2020, PRCBC has been operating from its new office in Hammersmith and is now independently OISC registered to deliver nationality law services at level 3.

Funding from Therium Access has been critical to PRCBC becoming fully independent from March 2020. From April 2021, PRCBC has received funding from Trust for London and CJF. More recently, from April 2022, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and, from October 2022, Access to Justice Foundation are also funding PRCBC’s work.