Experts-by-experience

My detention clothes

Safiyyah (not her real name) has lived in the UK with her family over ten years. She explains how she was suddenly detained with her sister at a reporting centre, then taken to Sahara Unit in Harmondsworth detention centre and later to Yarls Wood detention centre. My orange dress with a black cardigan are my detention clothes – I was wearing [...]

2019-11-11T13:14:10+00:00 November 13th, 2019|

Your guide to #Unlocked18

#Unlocked18 marked the 5th year of Unlocking Detention, our virtual 'tour' of the UK's immigration detention estate. Whether you followed the tour from the beginning or you're just joining us now, we hope you find something to whet your appetite for learning more about detention and how to challenge it. Here's a guide to the contributions featured in #Unlocked18, with highlights [...]

2019-04-16T10:15:06+01:00 January 7th, 2019|

“It is only an accident of fate that I was born in the UK.” Interview with Baroness Hamwee about her detention reform work

Image by @Carcazan K.A., an expert-by-experience, interviewed Baroness Hamwee, a long-term advocate for detention reform in the House of Lords. She was recently named as a Detention Forum Champions, recognising her tireless work on challenging immigration detention. ================================================================  Hello Sally, My name is K.A. I spent 5 months in immigration detention between September 2017 and February2018. The effect it has had [...]

2019-04-16T10:24:26+01:00 December 17th, 2018|

‘If I don’t come back, call my lawyer’: Practical solidarity for people at risk of detention

Luke Butterly works for Right to Remain, a UK-based human rights organisation challenging injustice in our asylum and immigration systems. This blog has been reposted with kind permission from Red Pepper. In communities across the UK, around 80,000 people with pending asylum and immigration claims have to 'report' with the Home Office. This happens at regular intervals - weekly, fortnightly, monthly - [...]

2019-04-16T10:39:20+01:00 December 13th, 2018|

Because of detention | In spite of detention

Content warning: torture. Image by @Carcazan This contribution comes from the Life After Detention group (LAD) based in Glasgow and facilitated by Scottish Detainee Visitors. Between them, members of LAD have lost 4 years and 8 months of their lives to detention. The first part, ‘Because of Detention’, reflects on the ongoing devastation caused by indefinite detention. The second, 'In spite of [...]

2019-04-16T10:49:15+01:00 December 11th, 2018|

Separation and abandonment as a result of detention

This blog comes from A. Panquang, a member of Freed Voices (@FreedVoices) and Detention Forum volunteer.  Detaining anybody simply means separating them from their familiar surroundings; away from friends, family and community. Everyone has a family and being in detention usually means being separated from them. The UK immigration system doesn’t take into account whether one has a young family or other dependents. [...]

2019-04-16T10:52:23+01:00 December 11th, 2018|

For many autumns to come

Image by @Carcazan This blog was written by Mishka, a member of Freed Voices, a group of experts-by-experience committed to speaking out about the realities of immigration detention in the UK. And Mishka would like to introduce the blog himself… This would be my final piece for Unlocking Detention 2018. It has been my absolute delight to be a part of this [...]

2019-04-16T10:54:29+01:00 December 10th, 2018|

‘The stain of detention will haunt us for the rest of our lives, but I don’t want it to define us’: Experts-by-experience give evidence to the JCHR inquiry

This blog comes from A. Panquang, a member of Freed Voices (@FreedVoices) and Detention Forum volunteer. On 28 November, A gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into immigration detention alongside Michael, another member of Freed Voices. I have never given evidence in Parliament before. The first thing that I noticed was that it was a normal activity for the Joint [...]

2019-04-16T10:55:55+01:00 December 8th, 2018|

Immigration detention is mental torture

Content warning: graphic descriptions of suicide and self-harm. Image by @Carcazan This blog comes from Souleymane, a member of Freed Voices. Freed Voices are a group of experts-by-experience who are committed to speaking out about the realities of immigration detention in the UK. They are on Twitter at @FreedVoices. My name is Souleymane and I am a member of Freed Voices. I [...]

2019-04-16T12:38:20+01:00 December 6th, 2018|

“There was a chance justice would be done”

Image by @Carcazan In this #Unlocked18 blog, Mishka at Freed Voices (@FreedVoices) interviews Tamsin Alger, Deputy Director at Detention Action about her experience of the Detained Fast Track (DFT) strategic litigation and campaign. The DFT litigation was one of the key highlights of the 2015 Unlocking Detention timeline. ======================================================================================== XX December 2018, Hello Tamsin, I am Mishka from the expert by experience [...]

2019-04-16T12:41:38+01:00 December 4th, 2018|
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