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 [...]

2019-04-22T13:46:29+01:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Walls of resistance

This piece is written for Unlocking Detention by ‘Jose’ of the Freed Voices group (the author’s name has been altered to protect their identity). 'Jose' was detained in Campsfield detention centre.   Before I went to detention, I had posters of musicians on my wall. No revolutionaries, or civil rights leaders or anything like that. I think I maybe had a ‘Banksy in [...]

2019-04-22T13:54:43+01:00 November 20th, 2017|

Boundary Making and the Broad Ripples of Immigration Enforcement

Image courtesy of Michael Collins 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, [...]

2019-05-28T11:04:10+01:00 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. The first piece published this week was a powerful [...]

2019-04-23T12:52:47+01:00 November 20th, 2016|

Live Q&A with Christopher and Jose, both detained in Campsfield

This week Unlocking Detention has been ‘visiting’ Campsfield detention centre, run by Mitie, the largest single private provider of detention services to the Home Office. (In a first for our regular live Q&As) on Friday afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live Twitter Q&A with two friends currently detained in Campsfield - Christopher and Jose. You can recap the whole interview below: [...]

2019-04-23T13:05:07+01:00 November 18th, 2016|

Healthcare: a labyrinthine system. A Campsfield case study

Image courtesy of Campaign to Close Campsfield By Liz Peretz, Campaign to Close Campsfield Trigger warning: self-harm, suicide People held in immigration detention centres are among the most vulnerable people in our society. Many detainees have suffered torture or ill treatment, have significant and chronic health problems, or have been detained for prolonged periods of time without any prospect of removal. Furthermore, [...]

2019-05-28T11:08:35+01:00 November 15th, 2016|

Unlocking Detention visits Campsfield House

Now over half-way through Unlocking Detention 2015, last week we virtually visited Campsfield House detention centre in Kidlington, near Oxford. Campsfield was originally a young offenders' institute but opened as a detention centre in 1993.  It was the first detention centre opened in the UK, and originally held both men and women. Asylum Welcome, the local visitor's [...]

2019-05-21T08:03:20+01:00 November 10th, 2015|

Exceptional circumstances? Detention at Campsfield House

Image courtesy of Campaign to Close Campsfield This piece was written by Melanie Griffiths, a trustee at Asylum Welcome.  Asylum Welcome are a long-standing Oxford charity supporting men detained at Campsfield House. She is also a researcher based at the University of Bristol. Asylum Welcome is a small charity in Oxford with a wealth of experiencing supporting people in immigration detention. We [...]

2019-05-28T10:48:20+01:00 November 4th, 2015|

Three Scenes from Campsfield IRC

This piece was written for Unlocking Detention by William, from the Freed Voices group. William was detained in Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre for four days before he was transferred to another detention centre, where he was incarcerated for a further two months. He was released earlier this year following Detention Action’s litigation against the Detained Fast Track and was subsequently given [...]

2019-05-21T08:19:56+01:00 November 4th, 2015|

Stop Campsfield Expansion: a victory worth celebrating

This blog post was written by Bill MacKeith for Unlocking Detention.  Bill is a founding member of the Campaign to Close Campsfield. This month marks the 22nd anniversary of the opening of Campsfield detention centre, an occasion that will marked on 28th November by something like the 248th demonstration calling for closure of a place where over the years over 30,000 [...]

2019-05-21T08:32:39+01:00 November 2nd, 2015|
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