“We need it now. People are dying.” Freed Voices lobbying for #Time4aTimeLimit

The theme of this year’s Unlocking Detention is ‘action’ so who better to hear from than the Freed Voices group. Earlier this week, Mishka from Freed Voices joined campaigners Fred Ashmore and Timothy Gee from the Quakers to lobby the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable. We sat down with Mishka to ask him a few questions about the experience. [...]

2018-11-06T15:24:17+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Detention and Friendship: Knowing you inside (and) out

This year, the theme of Unlocking Detention is 'friends and families' and in this (very) special #Unlocked16 recording, Kasonga from Freed Voices interviews his old friend, Harsha, about the impact his detention had on him. In doing so, they offer a rare insight into the (all too often unreported) 'ripple affect' of indefinite detention and the way this traumatic experience can [...]

2016-10-31T15:03:08+00:00 October 31st, 2016|

"The endless uncertainty of detention…it’s like tick tock…tick tock….tick tock"

Read about this recent event co-organised by Detention Forum members René Cassin.  The event was held as part of Mitzvah Day, a day of faith-based social action.  Although rooted in the UK's Jewish community, it is day that encourages and celebrates interfaith social action. On November 22, as a part of Mitzvah Day, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue and René Cassin [...]

2015-12-01T11:28:39+00:00 December 1st, 2015|

Time to listen to the experts: it's time for a time-limit

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Lisa Matthews, coordinator of Right to Remain.  Right to Remain are a coordinating group of the Detention Forum, leading on communications and campaigns, and run Unlocking Detention on behalf of the Detention Forum. As we draw into the final weeks of this year's Unlocking Detention project, I've been thinking about two distinct [...]

2015-11-27T11:36:22+00:00 November 27th, 2015|

The damage of indefinite detention

This blog post was written by Colleen Molloy, City of Sanctuary National Development Officer.  The image used at the start of this blog post was produced for City of Sanctuary by Patti McKenna, a community artist in Swansea. When City of Sanctuary launched 10 years ago in Sheffield, our aim was to build a movement connecting local people with those seeking [...]

2015-11-23T18:00:40+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|

Detention knows no borders

This piece by Eiri Ohtani was first published on openDemocracy on 15 December 2014, as part of Unlocking Detention series. ================================================================================ The first ever parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention in the UK listened to the voices of 'experts-by-experience' and those still trapped in detention. How will the report in February 2015 reflect the shocking testimony that was heard ? ================================================================================ On [...]

2014-12-15T11:59:19+00:00 December 15th, 2014|

Souleymane on Indefinite Detention

This post is written by Souleymane, who has experienced immigration detention.  His testimony was provided for Detention Action's forthcoming annual report. I was in detention for three and half years. At first, I would look for signs it would end. I would get hopeful when I saw my solicitor or when other people were released. Or when they took me to [...]

2014-11-03T07:00:14+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|

Looking beyond the border in Dover

By Fraser from Samphire.  Samphire are a member of the Detention Forum. Dover Immigration Removal Centre stands above the town of Dover on its Western Heights, holding around 400 detainees. I work for Samphire, a charity in the town of Dover which provides emotional and practical support to those detainees in Dover and to ex-detainees nationwide. Dover: on the cliffs Perched [...]

2014-11-02T07:00:35+00:00 November 2nd, 2014|

Immigration detention: time for a time limit

By Jessica Kennedy and Penny Keza 7 September 2014 Published at OpenDemocracy, as part of a series of articles on unlocking detention Jessica is Development Co-ordinator at The Forum, which supports refugee and migrant communities and individuals in the UK. Penny is a former detainee.   The countdown to the UK general election is on, and with a collective push we [...]

2014-09-07T11:46:33+00:00 September 7th, 2014|