Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Importance of Being With

Beatrice Grasso is Detention Outreach Manager at Jesuit Refugee Service UK where, with volunteers, she supports many detained in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres. In this blog, she explains how their mission “Accompany, Serve and Advocate” informs and shapes their work in these detention centres, ‘places most people don’t even realise exist’. Imagine being taken away from home in the middle [...]

2018-10-23T14:44:23+00:00 November 30th, 2017|

Four days in Colnbrook

This blog was written by Helen*, a US citizen who travelled to the UK and was detained earlier this year. She spent four days in Colnbrook detention centre, before being returned to the US.  In this blog, she recounts her experience. *This is not her real name. Day 1: I arrived at Gatwick Airport, from the US, at 10.15am. I spoke [...]

2018-10-23T14:52:54+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

Week 6: #Unlocked17 visits Campsfield House

The focus of this week's #Unlocked17 tour was Campsfield House, near Oxford airport. It has been an immigration detention centre for almost a quarter of a century - a 24th anniversary demonstration took place this week. Since it was converted from a young offender institution to a detention centre in November 1993, over 30,000 people have been detained here. Up to 282 [...]

2018-10-23T14:49:59+00:00 November 28th, 2017|

Ten years on: reflections on a decade working on the injustice of detention

Immigration detention and the detention estate sometimes appear permanent and unchanging. However, underneath the surface, things are changing. Tamsin Alger, Casework and Policy Manager at Detention Action, looks back at a catalogue of actions people in detention, she and her organisation have taken to challenge immigration detention over the last 10 years.   Ten years ago this month, I started working [...]

2018-10-23T14:55:23+00:00 November 28th, 2017|

Five guys

Reflections on indefinite detention are often framed in the singular, as personal and introspective testimonies. In this special piece for Unlocking Detention, however, Mishka from Freed Voices, sketches five guys that shaped his experience of Harmondsworth detention centre and continue to dominate his thoughts today, post-release. SKELETON I first saw this guy in healthcare in May. He was on hunger strike. I think [...]

2018-10-23T15:01:48+00:00 November 27th, 2017|

‘When I first visited someone in immigration detention I knew I must speak out.’

Immigration detention is an important issue for many Friends (Quakers). Bridget Walker, who is part of the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network, details the conditions she witnessed and those endured by detained peoples.  This blog was originally published by Quakers in Britain.  When I first visited someone in immigration detention I knew I must speak out. It is one of the [...]

2018-10-23T15:05:28+00:00 November 24th, 2017|

‘Young arrivers’ caught in immigration detention

Dan Godshaw (@DanGodshaw) has worked for NGOs on migrant advocacy and support for 10 years. He has visited people held at Brook House IRC as well as supporting Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group’s (@GatDetainees) research and campaigning work since 2013. Dan holds an MA in Migration Studies from The University of Sussex, and is currently an ESRC-funded doctoral researcher on immigration detention and gender [...]

2018-10-23T15:09:36+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

“Time After Time”: music from Campsfield House detention centre

In this blog, Ruth Nicholson describes a day of Music In Detention's songwriting workshops in Campsfield House. Ruth is a musician, and a volunteer both for Music In Detention (MID) and the Detention Forum. This blog was originally published by Music in Detention in March this year here where you can also listen to the music recorded in Campsfield. On a foggy, chilly morning [...]

2018-10-23T15:12:23+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Week 5: #Unlocked17 Visits The Verne

From the 13th - 19th November, #Unlocked17 visited The Verne, a remote detention centre on the edge of Dorset, which is scheduled to close at the end of this year. With nearly 600 beds, it is the UK's second largest detention centre (the largest is Harmondsworth, with 676).  Alongside the virtual visit to the Verne, this week #Unlocked17 visited parliament for a meeting [...]

2018-10-23T15:14:45+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|

Slave Wages: How Our Clients Shone a Light on Detention Centre Exploitation

Toufique Hossain, Director of Public Law at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, specialises in challenging Government policy and practice in asylum and immigration law, with a particular focus on unlawful detention policies. He tells Unlocking Detention about the strategic litigation case of "slave wage" in detention centres he has been involved with and what it is like to represent people who are caught [...]

2018-10-23T15:18:57+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|
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