Farah has submitted evidence to and given evidence at many parliamentary committees and inquiries.
A summary of the reports and investigations is here:
In 2010 Farah commissioned King’s College inter alia to conduct a literature review of all the evidence available concerning trauma and women in the criminal justice system. In 2011 she helped to draft an article for Lord KK Patel on women in the criminal justice system and mental health issues for House magazine.
She has also commissioned a report on women in the criminal justice system co-authored with Imran Khan Flo Krause and Julia Gibby, and this was launched in Parliament. This report led to an amendment being proposed by Baroness Joyce Gould.
In 2012 Farah assisted the Justice committee with their review of the women’s prison estate and women in the criminal justice system. A member of Kazuri gave evidence about her experiences as a woman who had recently left prison. Similar evidence given to the Home Affairs Committee can be viewed here.
In 2012 She organised a panel event with the support of Garden Court Chambers with panellists including Eoighan McLennan Murray, the former prison governor and Secretary of the Prison Governors’ Association, Jonathan Aitken and Imran Khan,.Short clips are on Kazuri’s YouTube channel here.
In 2012 when the Armed Forces bill was being debated in Parliament, she asked Imran Khan and Lord Carlile to help draft an amendment to the Bill, seeking parity in the Military Court Martial system, and the civilian justice system for the person accused to establish, through a fair assessment process whether there were underlying mental health and substance misuse issues. Baroness Finlay of Llandaff proposed the amendment. She spoke in private to the Armed Forces Bill team. Farah wrote this speech for Lady Finlay.
In 2013 Farah commissioned and co-authored a report on the way very vulnerable women are treated under the Home Office’s Compass contract. This provided housing for women and children awaiting the outcome of their asylum applications. G4S and Serco were the contracted providers for housing and support services. This was launched in parliament.
Also in 2013 Farah was an active campaigner against the legal aid cuts to services and the privatisation of probation services. She edited and contributed to Mike Turner QC’s weekly Monday Message newsletter when he was chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, for a year. She continued to write, including a draft of an article for Karl Turner MP for Hull East for House magazine. This led to a debate in Westminster Hall.
In 2014 Farah founded Uprise Community CiC social enterprise providing affordable housing options for local authorities particularly for vulnerable women and their children on the housing list. The company was launched in Parliament with the support of Stephen Timms and Oliver Colvile MP.
Farah has also organised and delivered resilience training for frontline workers in local authorities, chief executives in the third sector and private companies. The resilience training program consists of mindfulness training and proven methods deployed to counteract secondary trauma in the supervision of people who work with severely traumatised veterans at rehabilitation centres in the US. Read about that here in The Spectator magazine after Melanie McDonagh attended as session and found it interesting.
In March 2016 Farah organised a conference about the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2013. Partners included the Daily Mail, the FT, the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office, the children’s charity Barnardo’s, the YMCA, Nacro, King and Shaxson Investment bank and Big Issue Foundation.
In April 2016 she organised a conference specifically addressing the housing crisis in the capital. Over 100 people attended. The report from the conference was hand delivered to the chief of policy at the Treasury and Number 10 Downing Street and London Assembly Members to. You can hear an interview about Plan A (for Affordable) Housing on Share Radio here.
In August 2016, she was sentenced on 3 counts of S4(a) harassment, to 5 years imprisonment, of a churchwarden Dan Poulson and a fake businessman, Brian Calder who pretended they wanted to help her build her social housing company. She has always denied stalking and harassing them. Contents of Poulson’s messages to her were not allowed in the court bundle but can be viewed here.
in spite of two forensic reports stating that she should not go to prison, that mental health diversions in the community were available, by HHJ Timothy Lamb QC at Kingston Crown Court for 18 months, 18 months and 2 years to be served consecutively. Friends of Farah crowdfunded on CrowdJustice to raise funds and profile for these matters to be taken back to the Court of Appeal on fresh evidence. The matter is now with the CCRC which is considering the safety of the convictions.
A conference in the House of Lords, supported by MPs and peers from all parties is being organised for the end of 2020 to discuss these issues and launch Beyond Reason, the experiences of 130 women who have been denied services, with recognised mental health disabilities.
You can hear Farah’s interview with Jerry Hayes, leading criminal barrister and talk show host here, discussing the issues of mental health and the criminal justice system.
In March 2017 Farah contributed to the Joint Committee on Human Rights enquiry on Mental Health and Deaths in Custody. In November 2017 she compiled a response with several other women prisoners for the Public Accounts Committee into Mental Health in Prison describing the dearth of services let alone any parity of services as would be found in the community. Farah continues to highlight injustice and wrongdoing in the women’s prison estate.
Farah’s explosive report on the sexual harassment to which women in the criminal justice system are subjected was published by the Women and Equalities Select Committee in July 2018. Evidence from women she has supported can be seen in Hansard here and here concerning the lack of mental health support women were actually receiving. A summary report of the lack of mental health services at HMP Drake Hall was submitted to the Public Accounts Committee and can be seen here.
In 2018 she was unlawfully recalled to prison and that matter is being dealt with as an unlawful detention claim against the Ministry of Justice by Sara Watson of Reece Thomas Watson solicitors. Upon her release in October 2019 following a strong representation to the Parole Board, following 15 months of incarceration, about the detriment to her mental health by Graham Rogers, Farah started a prison magazine which launched in London on 15 February 2020 called The View which is for and by women in the criminal justice system and those who are supporting and representing them.
Farah spoke at the AGM for the CLSA on 9.11.19 and gave this presentation about the incidence of mental health disability and vulnerability of women in the criminal justice system.
The Government’s response to the letter calling for release signed by parliamentarians, academics and partners of women and men in prison is here has not been satisfactory, so the magazine’s board and Farah have written to the UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to intervene and also to the Council of Europe to make a statement.
In 2020 she faced a further trial, 2 counts of breaches of an indefinite restraining order, imposed by HHJ Lamb at Kingston Crown Court in 2016. She has always stated the terms of the restraining order were not lawful and could not be complied with . A copy of that is here. It contains the names of her own solicitors, barristers and some friends, who were coerced into becoming Prosecution witnesses against her. She is not allowed to write about the trial or about the people, particularly police officers, Commander Simon Bray and PC Vincent Chan, mates of Dan Poulson. They did not ask to be included on it.
After a fractious trial before HHJ Michael Gledhill QC, who deliberately misdirected the jury and did the prosecution’s job for them by entering too far into the court arena, she was found guilty of 2 these two counts. During the trial she became very ill with extreme anxiety, PTSD fevers and high blood pressure. She was advised by her GP and psychologist to stay home and rest.
She was told by her legal team that the CPS intended to pursue and hound her with more and more charges now they had had a win in the kangaroo court at Southwark. She made the decision to leave before the sentencing and has since sought asylum in another State. An application for Political Asylum, based on torture by the treatment of the State ( HM Government and its agencies) has been lodged.
After years of leaks and malicious conduct by Stephen Hubbard and others in the Ministry of Justice Press office, who have quite literally poisoned the waters around her for decades, Farah decided to leave.
She is currently writing a book about her experiences, and contributing articles to The View and working in the human rights and social action causes she supports.
The View Magazine
The first issue has been very well received with publicity on JoAnne Goode’s BBC Radio London program a, The Times, Uncommon Ground Media and Huffington Post has covered the magazine’s campaign to free women from prison during the COVID 19 pandemic.