The Kent Refugee Action Network to receive the Hans Albrecht Foundation award for its contribution to human rights
A leading charity that supports young asylum seekers will receive an award for their work.
The Canterbury-based Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) operating in communities across Kent will receive the Hans Albrecht Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights at a ceremony in London next month.
Previous recipients of the award include Lord Alf Dubs, godfather of the charity, who arrived in the UK as a refugee child on the Kindertransport that saved Jewish children from the Nazis before WWII.
The organisation’s Managing Director, Dr Razia Shariff, said: “KRAN is honored and delighted to have been chosen for the Hans Albrecht Foundation Prize in recognition of our outstanding contribution to the field of human rights.
“During recent difficult times, our staff, administrators and volunteers have as always adapted and adjusted to overcome the new context, showing their commitment and dedication to the young people we are here to support. These young people have remained positive. and resilient during these trying times.
“KRAN will continue to speak the truth in power, working to change the larger narrative to be more humane and respectful of the rights of young refugees and asylum seekers to seek safety in the UK and thrive so that they can contribute to our communities.
“We thank the Hans Albrecht Foundation for their work in promoting and promoting human rights in the UK as part of the legacy of Hans who himself experienced similar hardships to young refugees from today. “
Hans Albrecht was brought to Britain on the Kindertransport in May 1939, and as a child with learning disabilities and autism, he found it difficult to settle in a new country.
He eventually settled in Brighton and the foundation that bears his name was established after his death in 2015 to honor his memory by helping to raise awareness of children and young people facing challenges similar to those he faced as a refugee.