After studying English at Oxford University, Ellen did a masters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCL. While there, she founded a volunteering project arranging for students to accompany vulnerable asylum seekers to their immigration tribunal hearings, acting both as emotional support and witness in case of an appeal. Since then she has worked with young asylum seekers and refugees through a variety of organisations, including as a casework volunteer for the charity Young Roots and project manager for the summer camp Our Second Home.

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