Kamena Dorling – Head of Policy and Advocacy
Kamena Dorling has worked in human rights for over fifteen years, including at Freedom from Torture, Women for Refugee Women and most recently as Coram’s Group Head of Policy and Public Affairs. For over ten years she ran the Migrant Children’s Project at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, which supports young refugees and migrants through the provision of legal advice, guidance, training and policy advocacy and from 2010 to 2019 she chaired the Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium. In recent years she has worked collaboratively with colleagues in the sector to secure significant reforms to legal aid provision for children in care; greater protections for children in the asylum and immigration system; and renewed commitment from government to upholding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and training civil servants on child rights impact assessments. She has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and is a trustee of Shelter.
Kamena wrote the guide Seeking Support: A guide to the rights and entitlements of separated children, the fifth edition of which came out in 2017, and has co-authored a number of reports including Administrative detention of children: A global report (2011), Happy Birthday? Disputing the age of children in the immigration system (2013); Growing up in hostile environment: The rights of undocumented migrant children in the UK (2013); ‘This is my home’: Securing permanent status for long-term resident children and young people in the UK (2017); and ‘Rights without remedies: Legal aid and access to justice for children’ (2018).
Outside of work, Kamena lives in Suffolk with her two children. She loves cooking, antiques and spending as much time at the seaside as possible.
Karolina Kozlowicz – Programme Manager (Advocacy Services)
Karolina joined Article 39 in January 2020 after more than 10 years in the not for profit sector in London. After completing a law degree in her native Poland, Karolina moved to the UK and worked in a variety of community development and children and young people support roles while pursuing further studies in human rights and gender. Karolina became passionate about the rights of children and young people while working frontline at Centrepoint where she supported young people experiencing and at risk of homelessness. She subsequently took up a role at Ealing Community and Voluntary Service where she provided safeguarding support to community and voluntary groups working with and for children and young people in West London. She then went on to work at Unicef UK where, as part of the Child Friendly Cities & Communities programme, she worked directly with local councillors, social workers, participation workers and children and young people to help them learn about, understand and use the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This role helped Karolina refine and solidify her training and facilitation skills and made her very passionate about human rights education as a tool for change and challenging injustice.
Outside of work, Karolina is a keen hiker and she loves spending time outdoors in nature. She also enjoys music, books and cooking.
Carolyne Willow – Founder Director
Carolyne Willow is a registered social worker (qualified in 1988). She started her career in child protection social work and then moved into roles promoting and protecting the rights of children in foster and residential care amid the first wave of revelations of institutional child abuse. Between 2000 and 2012, she was head of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), during which time she led the charity’s successful fight for transparency in restraint techniques used in G4S and Serco child prisons and initiated legal action to force the government to notify former child prisoners they had been unlawfully restrained. She was a member of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC’s Inquiry into the use of physical restraint, solitary confinement and forcible strip-searching of children in custody. Carolyne co-ordinated two major submissions from non-governmental organisations to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. She was principal author and editor of nine of CRAE’s annual State of Children’s Rights in England reports, and has written extensively on children’s rights over the past 25 years, including for the Council of Europe, Save the Children Sweden and UNICEF. Her first book was ‘Children’s Rights and Participation in Residential Care’ (1996); and her latest is ‘Children Behind Bars. Why the Abuse of Child Imprisonment Must End’ (2015).
Carolyne is a Patron of the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers, which are statutory roles created to ensure the rights of children in care and care leavers are safeguarded. In November 2017, she won the Social Worker of the Year (Championing Social Work Values) Gold Award.
Outside of work, Carolyne enjoys amateur dramatics, family board games and going to the theatre. She also loves her camper van.