StaffAbout the people who make GDWG
Anna worked for the British Council before joining Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group as a volunteer. She has worked in the GDWG office for ten years.
Anna is co-editor of Refugee Tales, published by Comma Press.
Anna is also a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, commonly known as the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
AdministratorMarygold started work as GDWG’s administrator in October 2017. Prior to this, Marygold volunteered with the service for two years, assisting with office support and visiting detainees.
Marygold has travelled and worked in approximately 68 countries throughout her career. This has included work with the UN in Somalia and Niger, as well as independently in Senegal, the West Indies and the UK as a librarian, documentalist and records manager.
Josie joined the Refugee Tales team in August 2020, having previously volunteered in the GDWG office. She has also volunteered with organisations including; Student Action for Refugees, Pathways to Independence and Nightline.
Having recently completed an MA in Human Rights, Josie is looking forward to working with GDWG to advocate for an end to indefinite detention and supporting the Refugee Tales community.
Senior Advocacy Coordinator
Karris joined the GDWG team in February 2019. Prior to this Karris had worked as a support worker in a mental health supported accommodation and at an HIV advocacy charity.
Karris has volunteered with migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum for around 5 years, with a number of organisations including; the British Red Cross, L’Auberge des Migrants and SOAS Detainee Support, as a volunteer visitor.
Advocacy & Administration Support Officer
Kasonga joined the team in February 2020. He has both refugee background and lived experience of immigration detention in the UK. He therefore understands the world of migrants including asylum seekers well and he uses this to advocate for their welfare in the UK.
Due to his counselling skills he uses active listening and a person-centred approach when it comes to supporting people both inside and outside detention.
Kasonga is also a senior member of the experts-by-experience group, Freed Voices and he has been heavily involved with the group since 2016. He believes that people with lived experience should play a central part in the debate around immigration detention; and the public must be well informed about the human right abuses related to the indefinite immigration detention in the UK.
Mana joined the GDWG staff team in October 2020 after recently graduating from the University of Bristol, where she studied Philosophy and French.
Mana has volunteered with Barnet Refugee Service running a youth group and as a legal caseworker at Kesar & Co’s Intervene Project.
She also set up the London branch of Guiti News EN, a migrant-focused media outlet, which she continues working on alongside her work at GDWG.