20 December 2019

Dear friends of INQUEST,

I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has worked alongside us this year. Particular thanks to all the wonderful families we work with,
our funders, members of the INQUEST Lawyers group and the phenomenal INQUEST staff team.

From families bereaved after deaths in custody and detention, Hillsborough and Grenfell, it is their passion and determination, standing together in solidarity and building a community in the pursuit of accountability and meaningful change, that has led us through this busy and challenging year.

INQUEST have worked tirelessly to transform and politicise the investigation of contentious deaths and uphold the rights of bereaved people in the pursuit of truth, justice and accountability. Now more than ever, we will stand strong defending human rights and access to justice and against the politics of othering, the demonising of minorities and the hostile environment.
In the coming year, INQUEST will continue to give a voice to those who the state would rather silence. We will fight for a society that protects the human rights of all its citizens, particularly the most powerless and marginalised and for a more just and humane world.
INQUEST will continue to campaign for our key demands, #LegalAidforInquests, an independent public body to audit, monitor and follow up action taken in response to recommendations from inquests and inquiries, and the implementation of Hillsborough Law, alongside our policy recommendations on prisons, policing, mental health, learning disability and Grenfell.

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We have a number of exciting and innovative projects with our growing network of family campaigners, led by the Family Reference Group. We will also be planning for 2021 when INQUEST will be celebrating our 40th anniversary.

Our independence from government is vitally important to us. Our core work is supported by trusts, foundations and donations. Please continue to support our work in whatever way you are able to and help us continue to support hundreds of families bereaved by state related deaths each year.

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We know this time of year can be particularly difficult for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Please look after yourselves. On behalf of the INQUEST team we wish you all a peaceful time over this holiday period.

Deborah Coles, Executive Director of INQUEST

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