Hibiscus Initiatives

Hibiscus Initiatives

At a glance


  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Counselling / advice
  • Criminal justice
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Women

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Hibiscus Initiatives, established in 1986, is a voluntary sector organisation which  has developed a widely acknowledged specialist expertise in working with marginalised Black and Minority Ethnic foreign national and migrant women offenders and detainees in custody, detention and the community.  Our women-centred approach is a model that engages and works with women to support and empower them in dealing with what are often multiple and complex needs and, importantly, addresses the additional disadvantage that language and cultural barriers present.  While retaining our primary focus on women, in 2012 we extended our reach and adapted our model to work with a number of men in custody/detention.  Our main beneficiaries include refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, and EU nationals including the Romani population. 

Our mission

To ensure that those affected by criminal and social justice issues have access to timely information and assistance which meets their emotional, practical, social and legal needs. 



Our work focuses on four major project areas:  Welfare and Advocacy, International Resettlement, Combating Trafficking and Community Resettlement.

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