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Week 4: #Unlocked18 visits Yarl’s Wood

From the 12th - 18th November, #Unlocked18 visited Yarl's Wood IRC in Bedford. It was a packed week, with new content every day alongside new graphics and illustrations. Also this week, Sanctuary in Parliament took place, JRS and the Detention Forum presented Dame Caroline Spelman MP with a Detention Forum Champion Award, the #TheseWallsMustFall campaign launched in Bristol, and we released another segment [...]

By | November 22nd, 2018|Unlocked18, Yarl's Wood|

Campsfield closing: A history of resistance

Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre opened 25 years ago this month. In this second part of a two-part blog, a campaigner from Campaign to Close Campsfield looks back at the local history of resistance. On 25 November 1993, the first people were brought from Harmondsworth (near Heathrow airport) to Camspfield detention centre. Twelve demonstrators met the two minibuses at Campsfield main [...]

By | November 21st, 2018|Campsfield, Take action, Unlocked18|

Looking back at #Unlocked15: “the involvement of experts-by-experience has always been one of the most meaningful parts of the project”

Unlocking Detention has been the result of so many different people's efforts. In this #Unlocked18 blog, Mishka and Red at Freed Voices (@FreedVoices) interview Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain, about her experience of co-running Unlocking Detention in 2015. While reading the blog, have a look at our timeline which shows the history of Unlocking Detention. ======================================================================================= XX November [...]

By | November 20th, 2018|Experts-by-experience, Unlocked15, Unlocked18|

Campsfield closing: How did we get here, and what next?

Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre opened 25 years ago this month. In this first part of a two-part blog, a campaigner from Campaign to Close Campsfield looks back at its history and tries to make sense of the government’s announcement that Campsfield is to close. On Friday 9 November, the government announced that Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre is to close [...]

By | November 19th, 2018|Campsfield, Take action, Unlocked18|

Eight times in detention: Why?

This contribution is a collaboration between women detained in Yarl’s Wood detention centre and the Yarl’s Wood Befrienders. These words and images were produced at one of the weekly 'drop in' sessions held by Yarl's Wood Befrienders. Drop in is a space where women detained at Yarl's Wood can come and hang out with befrienders. We have tea, coffee and [...]

By | November 17th, 2018|Experts-by-experience, Unlocked18, Yarl's Wood|

“Every day, they used to walk in and pick somebody”: Living with the uncertainty of detention and removal

Content warning: suicide and self-harm. Image by @Carcazan This contribution comes from Bristol Free Voice, a citizen journalism project facilitating a safe platform for media for refugees and asylum seekers, to challenge the dehumanising narrative often seen in the mainstream media. In one of our recordings, a woman speaks of her experience of detention. We follow her from reporting at the [...]

By | November 16th, 2018|Experts-by-experience, Unlocked18, Yarl's Wood|

Snow: Visiting in Yarl’s Wood

Image by Vee Travers, a volunteer with the Yarl's Wood Befrienders This piece is written by Ali Brumfitt about their experience visiting as a volunteer befriender for Yarl’s Wood Befrienders (YWB). Ali now works part time as volunteer coordinator for YWB. In February I woke up one morning to find it had snowed heavily overnight. The wind had blown the [...]

By | November 15th, 2018|Unlocked18, Yarl's Wood|

“For me, Yarl’s Wood was another torture”

Image by @Carcazan. Content warning: rape, self-harm, suicide This piece comes from Gabby (not her real name), an activist campaigning against immigration detention in the UK. She was detained in Yarl’s Wood twice in 2017 before being released to continue her asylum claim within the community. She is now an active member of Women for Refugee Women’s network, regularly performing [...]

By | November 14th, 2018|Experts-by-experience, Unlocked18, Yarl's Wood|

Week 3: Short-term holding facilities and prisons

Most weeks, Unlocking Detention visits a specific detention centre. Last week was a little different. From the 4th-11th November, Unlocking Detention focused on the hundreds of people held under immigration powers in short-term holding facilities and prisons across the UK. Those detained in prisons are even less visible than those held elsewhere in the UK's detention estate, and face additional [...]

By | November 13th, 2018|Prisons, Short Term Holding Centres, Unlocked18|

Resisting state violence: The Yarl’s Wood hunger strike

Image by @Carcazan This blog comes from Fidelis Chebe, Project Director at Migrant Action. Migrant Action is a small organisation based in Leeds providing information, guidance, advocacy support and direct practical assistance to migrants who do not fit into ‘neat’ categories of migration, including those who have been detained or are at risk of detention. In February 2018, 120 people detained [...]

By | November 13th, 2018|Unlocked18, Yarl's Wood|

Theresa: Letter from a hunger-striker

Content warning: suicide. Image by @Carcazan This letter was sent to the Duncan Lewis Public Law team by Theresa (not her real name), a young mother, from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. It was originally published by No Walls. Theresa was one of the leaders of the high-profile hunger-strikes earlier this year. She wrote this letter the same evening that she had been [...]

By | November 12th, 2018|Experts-by-experience, Unlocked18, Yarl's Wood|

“Immigrants emigrate, hopeful anticipate”

Image by @Carcazan This contribution to #Unlocked18 comes from Ralph, who got in touch via Twitter. Ralph was detained for a total of 14 months in two prisons and a detention centre. Ralph tweets as @RO2tm I was detained on two separate occasions. First was after serving a 10 month custodial sentence. The home office detained me for another 8 months. [...]

By | November 9th, 2018|Experts-by-experience, Harmondsworth, Prisons, Unlocked18|

Detention happens closer than you might think

Image by @Carcazan This blog comes from Katherine Maxwell-Rose, Digital Communications Manager at IMiX– a communications and media hub for the refugee and migration sector. She tweets at @KatherineMaxi The BBC’s recent report into China’s vast detention centres was terrifying. Releasing new evidence into the nature of these centres, the report uncovered that China is locking up hundreds of thousands of [...]

By | November 8th, 2018|Take action, Unlocked18|

Immigration detention centres have no place in Manchester or the UK

This blog comes from Lauren Cape-Davenhill, Organiser with These Walls Must Fall. An earlier version of this piece was published in The Meteor. As an organiser in the northwest of England with These Walls Must Fall, a grassroots campaign to challenge immigration detention, I was glad to see local media coverage of the re-opening of a facility by Manchester Airport called [...]

By | November 6th, 2018|Short Term Holding Centres, Take action, Unlocked18|