Monthly Archives: November 2016

From inside Colnbrook: my drawing is my feeling

Jay has been detained in Colnbrook for 3 months.This is the second time he has been detained - he was previously released from detention in 2014. Jay spoke to Ciara from Detention Action about the impact of detention and how for better or worse, drawing helps to focus his mind in difficult circumstances. My drawing is my feeling. When I feel [...]

2016-11-30T10:38:24+00:00 November 30th, 2016|

‘A prison in all but name’

Nine months on from the death of Amir Siman Tov in Colnbrook IRC, Michael Goldin reflects on the man he knew.  Michael is an alumni of the René Cassin Fellowship Programme who previously worked for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.  I first met Amir Siman Tov when he called me up at work looking for someone to represent [...]

2016-11-28T23:27:13+00:00 November 28th, 2016|

Week 7: #Unlocked16 visits Yarl's Wood

Week 7 of Unlocking Detention saw us virtually visit Yarl's Wood detention centre, perhaps the best known of all the UK's sites of detention.  Opened in 2001 at a cost of £100 million, with an original capacity of 900 bed spaces, the centre was burnt down three months later in a fire. It reopened in 2003 on a smaller scale - [...]

2016-11-28T17:47:12+00:00 November 28th, 2016|

Colnbrook, by post

This year, the theme of Unlocking Detention is ‘friends and families’ – we’re specifically focusing on the often unreported, or buried, ‘ripple effect’ of indefinite detention and the way this experience can have tragic consequences beyond the individual detained. In this special photo-essay for #Unlocked16, Jon* from the Freed Voices group shares letters he received whilst he was detained at Colnbrook detention centre [...]

2016-11-27T22:48:30+00:00 November 27th, 2016|

Q & A with Mayalex, currently detained in Yarl's Wood

This week Unlocking Detention has been ‘visiting’ Yarl's Wood detention centre - perhaps the best known of all the UK's sites of detention, and which will once again be the site of protest on 3 December.  Earlier this week, Ben from Detention Action conducted a Q&A with'Mayalex' who is currently detained in Yarl's Wood.  We tweeted the interview live this afternoon [...]

2016-11-25T16:26:26+00:00 November 25th, 2016|

Journey to Yarl's Wood – video

A must watch video - raw, direct and human - on visiting Yarl's Wood. Take a journey with Sarah Cope, a volunteer visitor with Yarl's Wood Befrienders, as she visits the detention centre. 

2016-11-24T08:56:23+00:00 November 24th, 2016|

When I sing, I sing for them. When I speak, I speak of them. When I shout, I am shouting about them.

By Jess Anslow, Coordinator of Yarl’s Wood Befrienders. Visiting women who are being indefinitely detained in Yarl’s Wood IRC is challenging. It is challenging because you witness injustice. Injustice coming from a country that is known and admired across the world for its justice. There is justice in the criminal courts, and justice for victims of violence and justice for the wrongly [...]

2016-11-21T22:23:53+00:00 November 21st, 2016|

Julio y amigos: The impact of detention on the Latin American community in the UK

This year, the theme of Unlocking Detention is ‘friends and families’ and we're focusing on the often unreported 'ripple effect' of indefinite detention and the way this experience can have tragic consequences beyond the individual detained. In this special Spanish recording for #Unlocked16, Julio from the Freed Voices group speaks to four close friends about the impact his detention had on them. In [...]

2016-11-20T23:44:43+00:00 November 20th, 2016|

Boundary Making and the Broad Ripples of Immigration Enforcement

About the Author: Melanie Griffiths is a former COMPAS DPhil student and is currently an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow and Senior Research Associate at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol. She is leading the 'Detention, Deportability and the Family: Migrant Men’s Negotiations of the Right to Respect for Family Life' project, examining the family lives [...]

2016-11-20T16:35:28+00:00 November 20th, 2016|

Week 6: #Unlocked16 visits Campsfield House

This week, Unlocking Detention shone a spotlight on Campsfield House detention centre in Kidlington, a village 7 miles from Oxford. Up to 282 men are locked up there.  Campsfield House was originally a young offender’s institution and became an immigration detention centre in 1993. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/799929715930857472 https://twitter.com/AsylumWelcome/status/798071101821714432 https://twitter.com/AsylumWelcome/status/798072693786550272 https://twitter.com/MIDdetention/status/799639720066248705 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/800282541462880257 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/798943724965363712 https://twitter.com/liviels/status/799385982927769600 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/800002948617093120 https://twitter.com/t1sander/status/799542863864483841 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/798141685020688385 The first piece published this week was a powerful [...]

2016-11-20T13:25:34+00:00 November 20th, 2016|
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