Monthly Archives: September 2015

My first time visiting The Verne

This piece is written by Rahwa Fessahaye, Advocacy Co-ordinator at Detention Action The first time I went to Verne IRC was in November 2014, a few weeks after I had returned from maternity leave. I was curious to see the centre as, up until that point, Detention Action had only run workshops in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook IRCs. Dorset felt like a world [...]

2015-09-30T10:55:43+00:00 September 30th, 2015|

The Verne IRC: detention on your doorstep

As well as shining a spotlight on the very specific physical sites of detention which make up the UK's detention estate, 'Unlocking Detention' is also about highlighting the ways in which detention impacts communities outside. With this week's focus on The Verne, Detention Action picked up their mic and asked three locals from Weymouth, the town adjacent to the IRC, what they felt [...]

2015-09-29T14:54:53+00:00 September 29th, 2015|

'There are few visitors here': the Verne, immigration detention on an island

By Pat, a member of the Verne Visitors Group and Detention Forum volunteer Above the Chesil Beach It’s difficult not to think about location. Bus number 1 from Weymouth city centre goes towards Portland Island, the southernmost point in the county of Dorset. The island is tied to the mainland by a long barrier beach: formation made up of sand, slit [...]

2015-09-28T08:03:13+00:00 September 28th, 2015|

Prison under immigration powers: a plane crash

Prison under immigration powers: a plane crash These piece was written anonymously for #Unlocked15 by a member of the Freed Voices group - a group of experts-by-experience who are dedicated to speaking out about the realities of detention in the UK and campaigning for detention reform. I am originally from a country in West Africa. I was trafficked as a young [...]

2015-09-21T18:02:22+00:00 September 21st, 2015|

'Detention is everywhere'

21 September 2015 This is a write-up of the Right to Remain annual conference which took place on 5th September 2015, which originally appeared on their website. While #unlocked15 'visits' physical places of immigration detention, let's not forget 'detention is everywhere'. You can read the original version with great photos and tweets here. ========================================================== “It always seems to be your annual conference”, one [...]

2015-09-21T08:50:09+00:00 September 21st, 2015|

How did Unlocking Detention start?

20 September 2015 Welcome back to Unlocking Detention tour. This year’s hashtag is #unlocked15, and we look forward to making new friends and opening more people’s eyes to the reality of immigration detention in the UK. For those who are unfamiliar to Unlocking Detention – it is basically a virtual tour of immigration detention centres over Twitter. A team of the [...]

2015-09-20T21:42:04+00:00 September 20th, 2015|