Athena Immigration Advice – It’s up to us to carry out the client by the meanders of the law

The conversation within the Polish Choice 2017 Dorothy Darnell from the company  Athena Immigration Advice helping Polish immigrants in legal and bureaucratic Islands.

Polish Choice: Now that you Brexit a reality, and many immigrants do not know whether it will meet the formal requirements, to continue to live in the UK, reports to the State and more Poles for help?

Dorota Darnell: Yes, for sure. Recent political developments have a major impact on their countrymen who wish to explain sytaucję. We receive a lot of phone calls and e-mails. Customers can visit us in our office. Are concerned, they outweigh the mood of uncertainty, resentment – I happen to answer the phone has a very emotional character. There are tears, fear, anger.

Many Polish immigrants in the UK is trying to settle as soon as possible a permanent residency or British citizenship. How do you help you in these complicated procedures, which is hard to tell ordinary citizen?
Athena is a team of professionals. Every customer is important to us. Each case is different. The basis is to conduct a detailed interview. Understanding the personal and professional situation.

This allows us to determine the chances of settling the matter as expected or to indicate another solution. Indeed, the Home Office procedures are complicated. Up to us to carry out the customer step by step through the twists and turns right and clerical needs. Patiently explain, what the different points in the application form for residency or citizenship. We provide tips on how to get such. Documents confirming the payment of taxes.
Unfortunately, very often hear: “I read on the internet, a colleague said to do nothing, every Pole is no automatic resident (sic).” Please note – immigration law is just as comprehensive and works on the principle of interpretation like any other – only a trained professional can certainly comment on what steps should be taken in a given situation. So I encourage you to consult only with authorized consulting companies, I’m not talking only on behalf of Athena, but also on behalf of all others, lawyers, consultants and regulated in the UK.

What kind of legal problems, except those related to Brexitem – Athena report to the Immigration Advice Poles most often?
Many cases relate to the effects of actions of debt collectors, for example. Incorrectly issued Notice of Enforcement or unlawful seizure of goods the customer. We also help applicants with the Small Claims Court to recover unpaid debt.

We also dispute Tenant – Landlord. Many people report with a request to draw up a CV and Cover Letters and Business Plans – designed and written for a client (do not use templates). Our prices are moderate. We strive to provide the highest quality of services and therefore not complain about the lack of work.

Is your office is also involved in translating documents into English and from English into Polish?
Yes – they are very popular translations and interpretations of contracts, eg. A contract of employment, or renting an apartment. I am now in the final phase of accreditation of ITI (Institute of Translation & Interpreting) and soon to turn on our offer certified translations of documents (Polish and English language) or sworn translator.

Immigration Advice company Athena for the first time taking part in the poll Best Polish. What would be a win for you?
I will not hide that we are all excited about the plebiscite. Of course, we want to win. However, the mere participation and the fact that we have been nominated by our customers (greetings to Mr. Adam, who by appointment of Athena won admission to the VIP gala) is something absolutely fantastic.

We highly support the initiative “Polish Express” in promoting and integrating Polish entrepreneurs of small and large, in the UK. There is also a large dose of emotion, and of great competition, which I wish you success. And all completed gala, where you can exchange experiences and establish contacts – can not wait for April!

UN treaty on transnational corporations and human rights advances

On the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week was once again the treaty on transnational corporations and human rights . Even if it was only the presentation of the report of the second session of the Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG), this was an important step towards the third negotiating session to be held in October 2017, when delegations Governmental organizations will discuss a first draft of the treaty.

As expressed by many states and civil society organizations, the report presented on 9 March by the IGWG President, Ambassador María Fernanda Espinosa of Ecuador, reflects a wealth of proposals from States, civil society, affected communities, academics , UN experts and other actors raised during the last two years, whose purpose is to establish binding international standards for the largest and most powerful companies in the world, which obliges them to respect human rights.

Once again, Friends of the Earth International (ATI / FoEI) was present with a delegation in Geneva that shared the concerns and demands of civil society. Just a couple of days after the first anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres , ATI representatives reminded the States in a timely manner of urgent action against the criminalization of and violence against human rights defenders Human and environmental rights that defend their rights and their territories from the companies that come to encroach on them.

“Systematic violations of the economic, social and cultural rights of many communities that are deprived of their lands and their livelihoods are possible and facilitated because of the participation or support and support of many investors and companies to whom International law does not forcefully bind human rights. “

Apollin Koagne Zouapet, Senior Counsel, CED / Friends of the Earth Cameroon

“It is not possible to achieve effective protection of human rights and environmental defenders if it is not addressed and rather evades the responsibility that has in those acts one of the main perpetrators of such violations. International court and effective mechanisms for sanctioning transnational corporations to prevent large companies from hiding behind investment protection agreements and the legal status of their subsidiaries to continue operating with impunity. ”

Juliette Renaud, corporate accountability campaign, Friends of the Earth France

It was encouraging to hear the support interventions of many developing countries to the Treaty process, especially from Tunis on behalf of the African Group, followed by welcome speeches by Botswana, Nigeria and South Africa. Unlike last year, in its written statement this time the EU thanked the IGWG Chair for her report. The Treaty process is now picking up speed.

“We can not depend on voluntary measures alone, as they do not make companies accountable. There have been promising recent developments in Europe, such as the French law on duty of care and the Dutch law of due diligence in work cases We are hoping that these examples will help build support for the UN Treaty, but we are witnessing that large companies are resistant to any binding regulatory initiative, which is why it is essential that we protect discussions about the Treaty from any attempt at corporate co-optation “.

Anne Van Schaik, campaign against the financial sector, Friends of the Earth Europe .

2017 should be a year of more robust mobilization of all sectors pushing for a strong process of IGWG negotiations around the formulation of the elements and structure of this new binding UN Treaty. Friends of the Earth International and its member groups in 75 countries is committed to supporting environmental and human rights advocates around the world, who require urgent protection of their rights, access to justice, and Accountability and accountability to transnational corporations for their rights violations.

Who Are The Walkers

Felipe moved to Miami at the age of fourteen. In 2006 he was admitted to Miami Dade Honors College, where he served as President of the Student Government Association and as student representative to the college-wide Board of Trustees, a position that he used extensively to advocate for legislation to support immigrant access to college. In 2007 he became an S.W.E.R. core leader and began advocating for immigrant rights with the support of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) where he serves on the Board of Directors. In 2008 he was nominated to the All-USA academic team and became a new century scholar. Felipe’s dream is to become a teacher to educate and challenge the youth in order to open their minds so they can reach beyond their abilities. He walks to fight for others so they have the opportunity to achieve what he has accomplished. In essence, Felipe stands for love, peace, and justice.

 Gaby moved to Miami at the age of seven. Gaby holds an Associate of Arts degree in Music Education, and an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education, as well as a BA in Exceptional Education Degree K-12 from Miami Dade College. She was the Student Government Association President at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College and the Florida Junior Community Colleges Student Government Association President in 2005-2006, representing 1.1 million students throughout Florida. Since 2003, she has been an advocate for the DREAM Act and in-state tuition and was one of the founding members of S.W.E.R. Gaby is a woman that would give the clothes on her back to help someone who needs it more. She walks for all the children without a voice and is willing to sacrifice herself to pave the way for their future because she believes in the power of love. She also believes that “the meltdown of our society will not start with global warming rather with intellectual freezing,” and she “can’t understand why we continue to detain young vibrant students when we know that we only live once and the future depends on the youth.”  She walks because in her heart she knows that faith without action is dead!

Juan moved to Miami at the age of six. Upon graduating with top ranking grades in high school he joined S.W.E.R. and FLIC and became active in local and statewide campaigns. He helped to organize leaders at college campuses, interned with the coalition, and was hired as a part-time youth organizer. Currently, Juan works at FLIC and is an SWER core leader. He is the current Student Government Association President at the Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus, and a student at the Honors College. Juan is one of the brilliant minds of today that uses his gift not for his own benefit but for the greater good of mankind.

Carlos moved to Miami at the age of two. Carlos graduated in 2005 from Braddock Senior High school with aspirations of becoming an Architectural Engineer. In 2007 he decided to seek out help and wrote a letter to the New York Times. Impressed by his drive, journalist Julia Preston wrote an article about his story. He joined S.W.E.R. in 2007 and became an advocate for immigrant rights. He attends Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, and is now a core leader of his local S.W.E.R. chapter. Carlos is a man of great stature who always stands up for what he believes in. He walks to be the voice for the voiceless and will go to great heights to let others be heard through him.

December 18th: Kickoff

On this Friday, motivated and passionate leaders of our community gathered at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson campus to announce the Trail of DREAMs and the Fast for Our Families to the world! From there, we marched together through the rain and the inundated Miami streets to the New Beginning Church of Deliverance of Little Haiti a church in Little Haiti where we held a press conference and then fasted together until 6 PM.