Harmondsworth

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 [...]

2019-04-22T13:36:48+01:00 November 28th, 2017|

Five guys

Image courtesy of Michael Collins 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 [...]

2019-05-28T11:21:02+01:00 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 non-place-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 speech [...]

2019-05-28T11:15:20+01:00 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 [...]

2019-04-23T13:33:37+01:00 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 [...]

2019-04-23T13:37:42+01:00 November 11th, 2016|

Entangled in Harmondsworth

Image courtesy of Michael Collins By Silvia Maritati, Advocacy Coordinator at Detention Action. “People detained under the Immigration Act powers are unique among the prison population in that their future is entirely uncertain...The degree of uncertainty which is facing detainees in this position is undoubtedly a source of great distress and anxiety, and it is not surprising that some of them emerge [...]

2019-05-28T11:04:36+01:00 November 9th, 2016|

A footnote on Harmondsworth

Image courtesy of Michael Collins As told by 'K'.  Footnotes by Ciara Bottomley of Detention Action. The first time I was detained was in 2010. (See below: 1) I was in Harmondsworth then too. The centre was the same then as it is now. Nothing much has changed. This time round I’ve been in detention for 5 months. (2) First at Dungavel in [...]

2019-05-28T11:05:09+01:00 November 6th, 2016|

Unlocking Detention: A week at Harmondsworth

This week, Unlocking Detention visited Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow airport.  Harmondsworth is not only the biggest detention centre (immigration removal centre) in the UK, but also in Europe.  Catch with all our tweets - including our twice daily 'tours' - on Twitter with the hashtag #Unlocked15.  You can also scroll through the tweets from the Detention Forum, and our retweets, [...]

2019-05-21T08:40:05+01:00 October 30th, 2015|

Jammin’ & bluesin’: Music in Detention at Harmondsworth

This blog post was written by Music in Detention volunteer, Alicia.   I have been volunteering in the office at Music In Detention (MID) for the last two months and I was really excited when I found out I was going to the YMCA in Hayes, and Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) to experience my first music workshops. I met the artists [...]

2019-05-21T08:57:25+01:00 October 28th, 2015|

Harmondsworth: Story of those detained within the walls

Image courtesy of Michael Collins This blog post was written by Susannah Willcox, who is an Advocacy Co-ordinator at Detention Action. Working in this capacity, she regularly visits and runs workshops in Harmondsworth detention centre. This story of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) is not mine to tell.  It is the story of those detained within its walls. Some of them were [...]

2019-05-28T10:49:11+01:00 October 23rd, 2015|
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