Monthly Archives: November 2015

Unlocking Detention 'visits' Tinsley House

Last week, Unlocking Detention visited Tinsley House, possibly one of the least well-known detention centres. We heard powerful stories of the men that Nic Eadie, director of Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group, has met over eight years of visiting and supporting people detained in Tinsley.  Many of them speak with strong London accents, or Glasgow accents, or Manchester [...]

2015-11-30T17:25:36+00:00 November 30th, 2015|

"I've got a few questions for you": a letter to Colnbrook

This blog post was written by John for Unlocking Detention, in the form of a letter to Colnbrook, the detention centre where he was held for three and a half months.  John is a member of Freed Voices, a collective of experts-by-experience who have lost over 30 years between them to immigration detention in the UK. They are all present or former [...]

2015-11-30T14:34:19+00:00 November 30th, 2015|

“They want us to imprison and deport ourselves”

This post was written for Unlocking Detention by Stuart Crosthwaite, Secretary of the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG),  with thanks to the refugees and asylum seekers quoted here (some names changed) and to John Grayson whose 'academic activism' contributed to this article.  This post was published as our partner Justice Gap's #Unlocked15 article of the week. The first [...]

2015-11-30T09:23:52+00:00 November 30th, 2015|

All eyes on amendment 32: time to stop the same trends repeating

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Eiri Ohtani, coordinator of the Detention Forum. A sense of deja vu The latest statistics on the government’s use of immigration detention released yesterday show a worrying 11% increase in the number of people entering the detention estate in the UK. For the year ending September 2015, a total of 32,741 people [...]

2015-11-27T16:36:19+00:00 November 27th, 2015|

Time to listen to the experts: it's time for a time-limit

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Lisa Matthews, coordinator of Right to Remain.  Right to Remain are a coordinating group of the Detention Forum, leading on communications and campaigns, and run Unlocking Detention on behalf of the Detention Forum. As we draw into the final weeks of this year's Unlocking Detention project, I've been thinking about two distinct [...]

2015-11-27T11:36:22+00:00 November 27th, 2015|

The damage of indefinite detention

This blog post was written by Colleen Molloy, City of Sanctuary National Development Officer.  The image used at the start of this blog post was produced for City of Sanctuary by Patti McKenna, a community artist in Swansea. When City of Sanctuary launched 10 years ago in Sheffield, our aim was to build a movement connecting local people with those seeking [...]

2015-11-23T18:00:40+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|

#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 [...]

2015-11-23T17:56:55+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|

Almost as British as me

This blog post was written by Nic Eadie, director of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (@GatDetainees). It was originally published by our #Unlocked15 partners, Justice Gap. I’ve been working with people detained at Tinsley House and Brook House for over eight years now. In that time I’ve answered our phone to people who speak many different languages, so I have become something [...]

2015-11-23T10:00:52+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|

Pregnancy ought to be a happy time: women in Yarl's Wood

This post was written for Unlocking Detention by Heather Jones, who visits women detained in Yarl's Wood. In 2014 ninety-nine pregnant women were detained in Yarl’s Wood.  This was despite Home Office Guidance which includes a list of people whom the Home Office thinks should be considered suitable for detention in only very exceptional circumstances.  The list includes ‘Pregnant women, unless there is [...]

2015-11-18T09:23:50+00:00 November 18th, 2015|

"It’s like an apartheid that’s gone underground"

This blog post was written by June, who is currently detained in Yarl’s Wood.  This piece was originally published on Women for Refugee Women's blog and has been republished with their kind permission here. Yarl’s Wood is like prison, your freedom has been taken away, your rights don’t apply. They talk to you like you’re a child. If the fire alarm [...]

2015-11-17T08:00:22+00:00 November 17th, 2015|
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