INQUEST Charitable Trust is a small charity which provides a specialist, comprehensive advice service to bereaved people, lawyers, support agencies, the media, MPs and the wider public on contentious deaths and their investigation. Their casework focuses on deaths in all forms of custody and detention, including deaths that raise concerns about multi-agency failings.
JRCT makes a contribution towards INQUEST’s core costs in carrying out policy and research work. Drawing on their extensive case work, INQUEST advocates for the reform of the inquest system, and monitors deaths in custody to reduce the number of custodial deaths and improve the treatment and care of those within the institutions where the deaths occur. This is a cross-cutting grant as the work directly relates to the priorities of the Power and Accountability and Rights and Justice programmes, particularly in respect of democratic accountability and protecting the rights of migrants and the most vulnerable ethnic minorities, who are disproportionately involved in deaths related to state actions.
Photograph: Deborah Coles, Executive Director of INQUEST.
Photographer: Rosa Tully