Monthly Archives: October 2016

Detention and Friendship: Knowing you inside (and) out

This year, the theme of Unlocking Detention is 'friends and families' and in this (very) special #Unlocked16 recording, Kasonga from Freed Voices interviews his old friend, Harsha, about the impact his detention had on him. In doing so, they offer a rare insight into the (all too often unreported) 'ripple affect' of indefinite detention and the way this traumatic experience can [...]

2016-10-31T15:03:08+00:00 October 31st, 2016|

What does detention mean to you?

Unlocking Detention is about having a conversation, and making connections between those in, at risk of, or recovering from detention; and the public, allies, activists who we need to be part of the campaign for change. Each year we have a different visual action to encourage these connections, and this year we're asking people to draw a picture to answer the [...]

2016-10-30T10:47:23+00:00 October 30th, 2016|

Live Q and A with Jon, detained in Brook House

This week Unlocking Detention has been ‘visiting’ Brook and Tinsley Houses, respectively. Together they make up the Gatwick site of detention, situated roughly 200 metres from the main runway at Gatwick Airport. On Friday afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live Twitter Q&A with Jon, whose detention in Brook House stood at 18 months and counting... https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/791977424900726784 To kick off, a huge shout-out [...]

2016-10-28T16:55:54+00:00 October 28th, 2016|

The hidden, human reality of indefinite detention

By James Wilson,  director of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group.  Imagine being in prison but not held for a crime, counting up the days since you were detained but never able to count down to release, probably entitled only to 30 minutes of free legal advice which will conclude with the solicitor telling you that there is nothing they can do.  In [...]

2016-10-26T05:44:06+00:00 October 26th, 2016|

"How can this be legal?" Incredulity and anger when Unlocking Detention

By Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain.  This article was originally published on the Right to Remain blog. Over the last few months, I’ve run several workshops across the UK, engaging communities on the issue of immigration detention and, specifically, the Unlocking Detention project which we (Right to Remain) co-run with Detention Action for the Detention Forum. Photo: Anna Sellen [...]

2016-10-25T05:51:21+00:00 October 25th, 2016|

A Letter to The Old Me, Before Brook House

This year, Unlocking Detention is particularly focusing on the impact of detention on an individual’s immediate social circle – their friends and family.  This piece by Ajay is the first of several on this theme from members of the Freed Voices group. When he was asked how detention had impacted those around him Ajay said that ‘there was no one around [...]

2016-10-23T22:12:47+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|

Week 2 of #Unlocked16: The Verne

This week, Unlocking Detention visited The Verne, perhaps the most isolated of the UK's detention centres. The Verne opened as a detention centre ("immigration removal centre") in 2014, and has 580 bed spaces.  Only men are detained here.  The centre is on the Isle of Portland, off Weymouth in Dorset. The Verne is notorious for its high usage of segregation, but [...]

2016-10-23T21:04:25+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|

Why detention demands creative campaigning

By Ben du Preez of Detention Action.  This piece was originally published on the Border Criminologies blog on 19 October. Guest post by Ben du Preez, Campaigner at Detention Action, where he helps coordinate the Freed Voices group - a group of experts-by-experience dedicated to speaking out about the realities of detention in the UK.  As a member of the Detention [...]

2016-10-22T14:01:04+00:00 October 22nd, 2016|

Released but not yet free: the Home Office immigration curfew system

This post was written by Ravi Naik, Public and International Law Solicitor and Head of Public Law at ITN Solicitors. Ravi acted for the Claimant in the "Gedi v SSHD" case discussed below. This post highlights how communicating immigration detention is not solely about abstract policy issues, but can also raise awareness of legal rights that those affected might otherwise be [...]

2016-10-22T11:33:04+00:00 October 22nd, 2016|

Live Q and A with Mark, detained in the Verne

This week Unlocking Detention has been 'visiting' The Verne detention centre, in Dorset.  On Friday afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live interview with Mark who is currently detained there. Ben alerted those following the Q and A that, as with last week, communication was going to be difficult - the remoteness of the Verne means there's always a bad [...]

2016-10-21T17:08:47+00:00 October 21st, 2016|
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