Unless you know somebody personally who is detained, you are very unlikely to ever visit an immigration detention centre, know where they are, or be able to imagine what conditions are like for people in detention.
Each week from 21 September until 18 December (International Migrants Day), Unlocking Detention will shine a spotlight on a detention centre – allowing people to share their experiences of the week's detention centre (either from being detained, or knowing or supporting someone who has) and their views on immigration detention in the UK.
The tour will be taking place through tweets, photos, blog posts and other interactive material
Get your MP involved. The first-ever parliamentary inquiry into detention called for radical reform of the detention system. Find out who your MP is here. Ask your MP to read the report, and support its recommendations for fundamental change - or tell them what you think should be done about detention.
This year we’re asking people to send photo-answers to the question:
"What would you miss if you were locked up, without trial, without time-limit?"
Or, if you have been in detention: "What did you miss most when you were detained, locked up without trial, without time-limit?"read more
21 Sept to 27 Sept:
Short Term Holding Centres and prisons
28 Sept to 4 Oct:
Read summary of Verne week
2 Nov to 8 Nov:
9 Nov to 15 Nov:
16 Nov to 28 Nov:
23 Nov to 29 Nov:
30 Nov to 6 Dec:
7 Dec to 13 Dec:
14 Dec to 20 Dec:
Conclusion of the Unlocking Detention tour
During the Twitter tour, from 21 September to 18 December, download and print one of these messages, take a picture of yourself holding it, and tweet the image to @DetentionForum along with the hashtag #unlocked15
Click on the cards below to download and print
On 10 September the UK parliament debated immigration detention. We hosted an alternative debate online. People recorded videos and shared them via Twitter. Watch some of the contributions here...