#Unlocked15 ‘visits’ Yarl’s Wood

Last week, Unlocking Detention paid a virtual visit to perhaps the UK’s best known detention centre, Yarl’s Wood – known for all the wrong reasons.   Yarl’s Wood is one of the detention centres where women can be detained, and has become notorious as the site of widespread allegations of abuse.  It has also become the site of widespread protest, with huge demonstrations being organised by Movement for Justice.

It was another week of moving and thought-provoking pieces on our blog, including this article by Heather Jones who has been visiting Yarl’s Wood for eleven years – “Pregnancy ought to be a happy time”

Music in Detention also work with women in Yarl’s Wood, and shared some of the music created there:

This week’s Justice Gap article was by Britte van Tiem, on how refugees and other migrants are being detained as they make there way across Europe, and if they make it to the UK, face indefinite detention here too.  Refugees Welcome?

Continuing our community perspective theme, this week we featured an intriguing perspective from Belfast, in a piece written by someone who both visits people in detention (at Larne House short-term holding facility) while also being at risk of detention him/herself:

And we heard directly from women detained in Yarl’s Wood.  We heard from June, a fiery, inspiring woman who shared her voice via Women for Refugee Women – “It’s like an apartheid that’s gone underground”

We once again had a unique insight into life for those detained, thanks to Gloria who is currently detained at Yarl’s Wood.

We rarely get to hear about these details of the day-to-day routine:

You can read the full Q and A in this Storify round-up.

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