Experts-by-experience

“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 her [...]

2018-11-13T11:31:32+00:00 November 14th, 2018|

Theresa: Letter from a hunger-striker

Image by @Carcazan. Content warning: suicide  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 refused [...]

2018-11-12T13:05:59+00:00 November 12th, 2018|

“Immigrants emigrate, hopeful anticipate”

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 Image by @Carcazan 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. [...]

2018-11-06T17:06:41+00:00 November 9th, 2018|

Immigration detention: Mental torture

Content warning: suicide and self-harm This blog comes from A. Panquang, a Detention Forum volunteer and member of the Freed Voices. A was detained for 9 months. I called and met up with my pub buddy. The guy is British, one of the coolest guys anyone could hang out with, as long as it is in a pub. I asked him [...]

2018-11-08T10:51:53+00:00 November 7th, 2018|

‘Your voice can make a difference.’ Expert-by-Experience interviews a former minister about the parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention

Unlocking Detention started in 2014. That year, Sarah Teather MP, who was then the Chair of the APPG on Refugees started the parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention, together with APPG on Migration. In this blog, K.A., a member of Freed Voices who was recently detained and released, interviews Sarah about her experience of running the inquiry. Sarah also asked K.A. some [...]

2018-11-05T12:32:40+00:00 November 5th, 2018|

Live Q&A with Marino in Brook House IRC

This week, Unlocking Detention has been ‘visiting’ Brook House and Tinsley House detention centres, near Gatwick Airport. The Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group put us in touch with Marino (not his real name), who joined us on the phone from Brook House for a live Twitter Q&A on Thursday afternoon. A huge thank you to Marino for his time and insight. Read [...]

2018-11-06T16:26:07+00:00 November 1st, 2018|

Week 1: Launching #Unlocked18

Image by @Carcazan Welcome to our first weekly roundup for #Unlocked18. Each week of the tour, we’ll be recapping what’s been shared the previous week so you can look back to find your favourite content or see what you’ve missed. Preparation began for this year’s Unlocking Detention tour, now in its 5th year, began well before last week’s launch. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/1039926883650097155 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/1011957991581650946 https://twitter.com/IMiX_UK/status/1049371559679414272 [...]

2018-11-06T15:38:19+00:00 October 29th, 2018|

We can make this world like heaven, or we can make it like hell

This blog comes from Rafiq, who was detained in Brook House Immigration Removal Centre. It was originally published by No Walls. Rafiq is not his real name but has been chosen to protect his identity.  My name is Rafiq. I am an asylum-seeker from Bangladesh. I was persecuted in my home country because of my membership of the opposition party. If [...]

2018-10-25T13:20:16+00:00 October 29th, 2018|

Depicting wisdom: Drawings from detention

Trigger warning: suicide and self-harm Like Red, whose poem we published earlier this week, Mishka is a member of the Freed Voices, a group of experts-by-experience who are committed to speaking out about the realities of immigration detention in the UK. In this blog, Mishka talks about the following images he drew based on his time in immigration detention. Mishka writes [...]

2018-10-25T06:13:04+00:00 October 25th, 2018|

‘When I become untamed’: Reflections on life in detention

Trigger warning: references to death This poem was written and recorded by Red*, a member of the Freed Voices. The Freed Voices are a group of experts-by-experience, people with lived experience of immigration detention who are committed to speaking out about the realities of immigration detention in the UK. Between them, they have lost over 20 years to detention. Here, Red [...]

2018-10-25T12:45:34+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|
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