Tribute to Sonia Jardiniere

Sonia Jardiniere (also known as Sonia Burgess) died at approximately 6:30pm on 25 October 2010 after she was seen to have been pushed under a tube train at King’s Cross Station. Sonia was a transgendered woman. Her alleged assailant who has been charged with murder is an asylum seeker and is also another transgendered woman.

Sonia was the finest immigration lawyer of her generation and was responsible for a number of trailblazing cases. She has also made an enormous, though largely hidden contribution to the integration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people into the mainstream Anglican Church.

On the 7th July 2010 the UK Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment ruled that homosexual asylum seekers should be granted refugee status if going home would result in them being forced to conceal their sexuality. Sonia posted a report on the case on the Sibyl’s Group Website which can also be accessed via the link below:

Obituary [PDF]the Guardian, 2 November 2010
Address given at Sonia’s Funeral [PDF]17 November 2010
Observer article [PDF]9 January 2011
Tribute, and Sonia’s report on the Supreme Court judgement [PDF]