Monthly Archives: October 2015

Unlocking Detention: a week at Harmondsworth

This week, Unlocking Detention visited Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow airport.  Harmondsworth is not only the biggest detention centre (immigration removal centre) in the UK, but also in Europe.  Catch with all our tweets - including our twice daily 'tours' - on Twitter with the hashtag #Unlocked15.  You can also scroll through the tweets from the Detention Forum, and our retweets, [...]

2015-10-30T17:45:26+00:00 October 30th, 2015|

‘The person who emerges from detention is never the same as the person who went in’

This piece was written by Maddy Crowther of Waging Peace, for Unlocking Detention.  The article was first published on the Justice Gap, who are partnering with us on #Unlocked15 Detention centres are remote places. Some are marooned in bleak and unexceptional business parks and one is situated on what amounts to an island, just off the UK coastline. You don’t have [...]

2015-10-30T15:57:15+00:00 October 30th, 2015|

Visiting the Verne detention centre

We asked members of the Verne Visitors group to share their thoughts and experiences on visiting people at the Verne.  We were interested to hear what led them to start visiting, what they discovered when they started visiting, what they thought the hardest part of visiting was, and to describe their experiences a little.  David I started visiting in January this [...]

2015-10-29T11:48:02+00:00 October 29th, 2015|

Jammin’ & bluesin’: Music in Detention at Harmondsworth

This blog post was written by Music in Detention volunteer, Alicia.   I have been volunteering in the office at Music In Detention (MID) for the last two months and I was really excited when I found out I was going to the YMCA in Hayes, and Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) to experience my first music workshops. I met the artists [...]

2015-10-28T11:04:29+00:00 October 28th, 2015|

Harmondsworth: story of those detained within the walls

This blog post was written by Susannah Wilcox, who is an Advocacy Co-ordinator at Detention Action.  Working in this capacity, she regularly visits and runs workshops in Harmondsworth detention centre. This story of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) is not mine to tell.  It is the story of those detained within its walls. Some of them were moved there on the [...]

2015-10-23T18:02:53+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|

Unlocking Detention: Morton Hall week

This week it was the turn of Morton Hall to be visited by the virtual Unlocking Detention tour. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/657483619691286528 Morton Hall was built as an RAF base, then served a low security prison.  It was re-opened, with more security, as a detention centre. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/656018210093821952 https://twitter.com/AVIDdetention/status/656107657435156480 People are locked in their cells from 8pm and 8am, and at further times throughout the [...]

2015-10-23T14:00:57+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|

Morton Hall: Michael and Holly's story

To mark the Unlocking Detention tour's visit to Morton Hall IRC this week, this Q and A features Michael, a member of the Freed Voices group, and his partner Holly, reflecting on the two years he was detained at Morton Hall in Lincolnshire, and the impact it had on them and their relationship. Michael and Holly decided what questions they wanted [...]

2015-10-23T13:21:09+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|

A friendship to treasure

This blog post, about "an unlikely friendship, forged behind barbed wire and in the shadow of indefinite detention" was written for Scottish Detainee Visitors, and has been republished by Unlocking Detention with their permission.   It was written by Giovanna Fassetta, Chair of SDV. I first met Simon in Dungavel in August 2010. He was detained for a long time and little [...]

2015-10-22T16:09:55+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|

Unlocking Detention visits Brook House

Last week, it was Brook House detention centre's turn to be 'visited' by Unlocking Detention. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/653472708886294528 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/654599119961325568 https://twitter.com/GatDetainees/status/653900797810487296 https://twitter.com/GatDetainees/status/654613143952470016 We had some brilliant articles published during Brook House week.  There was a really interesting piece published by our partners The Justice Gap, on the politics of space and time, looking at the Refugee Tales walk along the Pilgrim's Way, which involved [...]

2015-10-19T11:46:02+00:00 October 19th, 2015|

How detention affects Devon: a looming dread

This post was written for Unlocking Detention by Abbie Grace, support worker at Refugee Support Devon, and someone who lives in Devon and has experienced detention first-hand. Although detention may seem far away from us in Exeter, the nearest centre being over 60 miles away, we are constantly reminded of this dark side of our asylum system. It looms as a [...]

2015-10-19T09:45:51+00:00 October 19th, 2015|
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