Harmondsworth

Hidden in plain sight: Working with trafficked people in detention

Content warning: torture This blog comes from Beatrice Grasso, Detention Outreach Manager with JRS UK, who recently published a report on the indefinite detention of trafficking survivors. While JRS’s research draws on case studies from Harmondsworth and Colnbrook immigration removal centres (IRCs), this issue affects people detained across the UK. The campaign #DucMakesGlasgow highlighted the plight of Duc, a trafficking survivor [...]

2018-12-09T17:09:07+00:00 December 13th, 2018|

Week 6: #Unlocked18 visits Harmondsworth and Colnbrook

From the 26 November - 2 December, Unlocking Detention visited Colnbrook and Harmondsworth, the two detention centres next to Heathrow Airport. Here, a few hundred metres from the runway, well over 1,000 people can be detained indefinitely. As well as six new blogs, this week we had a double Q&A with two people in Harmondsworth, DAK and Seed (not their real names), [...]

2018-12-06T18:37:43+00:00 December 6th, 2018|

“We are not outsiders, we are one of your own”: Hearing Voices peer support groups in detention

Content warning: hearing voices, mental distress. Image by @Carcazan. On 21 November, the Freed Voices group invited Akiko Hart, the project manager of the Hearing Voices project at Mind in Camden, to their November monthly meeting. Akiko and Freed Voices members Mishka and Red have contributed some thoughts about this meeting. I am Akiko Hart. I work as the Hearing Voices [...]

2018-11-27T14:36:51+00:00 November 30th, 2018|

Double-header Q&A: DAK and Seed answer your questions from Harmondsworth IRC

Image by @Carcazan. This week, we spoke to two people detained in Harmondsworth immigration removal centre (IRC), DAK and Seed (not their real names), who spent over an hour answering questions sent in from across the UK. Some of their experiences are similar, some are very different. DAK has been detained in Harmondsworth for over a year; Seed for a few weeks [...]

2018-12-04T12:17:38+00:00 November 29th, 2018|

“I cannot do anything from here”: LGBTQI+ asylum seekers in detention

Content warning: suicide. Image by @Carcazan. This blog comes from Gabriella Bettiga, Legal Officer at UKLGIG (UK Gay and Lesbian Immigration Group). You can find them on Twitter at @UKLGIG Among those held in immigration detention, there is a group of people that feel more isolated than most. Often scared to reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI) to others [...]

2018-11-26T16:46:58+00:00 November 29th, 2018|

“Allowing people to see what might be possible”: Volunteering in detention

Content warning: torture, rape. Image by @Carcazan. This two-part blog features reflections from two volunteers with JRS UK, who support people detained in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs), The first comes from Cashel Riordan, a counsellor and volunteer. Recently, I started reflecting on my counselling work, and was particularly struck by the difference between my private clients and those [...]

2018-11-26T10:26:17+00:00 November 28th, 2018|

Three years after Moroccan Jew’s death in detention, why no inquest?

Image by @Carcazan. Content warning: suicide, death This piece comes from Hannah Swirsky, Campaigns Officer at René Cassin. It was originally published on Jewish News. Immigration detention has again reached national news after a recent Guardian investigation into those detained in the UK found that “more than half of the sample were either suicidal, seriously ill or victims of torture”. According to [...]

2018-11-22T16:37:47+00:00 November 27th, 2018|

“I regularly speak to people who are in absolute despair”

Content warning: torture, trafficking. Image by @Carcazan In the second of a two-part series from Detention Action, volunteer Mary-Ann talks about what she’s learnt from supporting people detained in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs).  Volunteering for Detention Action has very much opened my eyes to the UK’s hostile immigration environment and its immigration detention centres. I came to Detention [...]

2018-11-22T09:25:12+00:00 November 26th, 2018|

“We both hoped there wouldn’t be a next visit”: The paradox of visiting detention

Image by @Carcazan In the first of a two-part series from Detention Action, volunteer Anthony talks about his time visiting people detained in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs), near Heathrow airport.  I remember feeling particularly nervous about making my first call. I had no idea what to expect from the person on the other end of the line. I [...]

2018-11-22T08:59:12+00:00 November 26th, 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|
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