Harmondsworth

“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|

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|

Week 7: #Unlocked17 visits Harmondsworth and Colnbrook

The seventh week of #Unlocked17 focused on Harmondsworth and Colnbrook: two detention centres alongside one another, a stone's throw from the runway at Heathrow airport. Around 1,000 migrants are detained across these two sites. Harmondsworth alone has space for up to 661 men - making it the largest detention centre in Europe (yet another shameful record the UK holds, alongside being [...]

2018-10-23T14:15:56+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

Mapping detention

At Unlocking Detention, we occasionally receive emails from people, including those who say they are journalists, asking us to let them join the “tour”. These requests stem from misunderstanding: some assume we are organizing physical, guided tours of the inside of these immigration detention centres, while we are actually running a “virtual” tour unearthing facts and voices from these centres. While [...]

2018-10-23T14:38:57+00:00 December 4th, 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|

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|

‘The Seamed Zones’

Photo taken at the launch of 'The Seamed Zones' on 12 October 2017.  Where does 'invisibility' of immigration detention centres start?  Ben du Preez, Campaigns Coordinator at Detention Action, stares into the gap between nonplace-ness of detention centres and their material human impact and finds hope in Experts-By-Experience's power to bring the truth to light.   ========================================================================== Last week, I delivered a [...]

2018-11-06T15:21:38+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Week 5: #Unlocked16 visits Harmondsworth

There's been lots of engagement with #Unlocked16 this week, as we visited the UK’s largest detention centre.  Harmondsworth can hold up to 676 people, all men.  Opened as a purpose-built detention centre in 2000, Harmondsworth is situated right by Heathrow airport. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/796379320755232769 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/796390649092337664 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/796301849074737152 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/796316411509559296 https://twitter.com/BritteTiem/status/797068133601144834 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/796311372518723584 https://twitter.com/DetentionAction/status/795940062546501632 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/796296273158512640 https://twitter.com/MIDdetention/status/795953014867640320 https://twitter.com/MIDdetention/status/796360729414828032 https://twitter.com/EiriOhtani/status/796788355979735040 https://twitter.com/Right_to_Remain/status/796385029177966593 One of the most popular aspects of Unlocking [...]

2016-11-13T22:53:45+00:00 November 13th, 2016|

Live Q&A with Justice, detained in Harmondsworth

This week Unlocking Detention has been ‘visiting’ Harmondsworth - the largest detention centre in the UK, with a capacity for 661 people, and once the 'spiritual' home of the now abolished Detained Fast Track. On Friday afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live Twitter Q&A with Justice, who’s been detained in Harmondsworth for two months and counting. You can recap the whole [...]

2016-11-11T17:50:41+00:00 November 11th, 2016|
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