The Islamophobia Response Unit (IRU) was founded by MEND in response to rising anti-Muslim attacks across Europe and a growing tide of anti-Muslim sentiment. The IRU is a platform for victims of Islamophobic abuse to report and share their experiences.
The IRU serves four main functions:
- Provision of free legal support
- Provision of basic emotional support
- Data collection and monitoring
- Referrals to partner agencies and signposting to other services.
We conduct data monitoring on Islamophobia across the country. We then use this data to raise awareness about Islamophobia. We work with various organisations including, police, local councils and policy makers. This brings the fight against Islamophobia to the political and legislative arena.
Once a case is reported to us and our remit is established, our team of volunteer caseworkers will assess each victim’s needs to provide the best possible support. The IRU has a conciliatory and advisory approach, determining what legal recourse may be available to each victim on a case by case basis. We seek redress for victims, but also aim to educate and work with organisations to improve cultural sensitivity towards Muslims.
Our volunteer caseworkers give their time for free, so whilst we try our best to support as many victims as possible, we cannot always guarantee your preferred outcome. You can find out about how to become a caseworker by visiting the ‘Become a volunteer’ section of this webpage.
We can also refer you to our partner agencies and other professional support services if you need additional support.
We will not share any information without prior consent. All personal details and confidential information are protected by the Data Protection Act 2018.