Female Prisoners Welfare Project- Hibiscus
Hibiscus Initiatives, formerly FPWP Hibiscus, was set up in 1986 by Olga Heaven MBE to empower and champion the rights of Black, minority ethnic and refugee migrant women serving a custodial sentence, released into the community or returned to their home country. Traditionally, the organisation worked with women but in the summer of 2012, commenced a pilot project with men at the two Heathrow immigration removal centres, Colnbrook and Harmondsworth.
Today the organisation’s work is varied and includes:
• welfare, advice, advocacy, volunteering and befriending in prisons.
• assistance and support on voluntary returns and reintegration in home countries to people in immigration removal centres.
• assistance with community resettlement and reintegration in the UK for ex-offenders and others at risk of offending.
• campaigns in source countries to raise awareness about the risk of being trafficked to the UK.