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Your guide to #Unlocked18

#Unlocked18 marked the 5th year of Unlocking Detention, our virtual 'tour' of the UK's immigration detention estate. Whether you followed the tour from the beginning or you're just joining us now, we hope you find something to whet your appetite for learning more about detention and how to challenge it. Here's a guide to the contributions featured in #Unlocked18, with highlights [...]

2019-04-16T10:15:06+01:00 January 7th, 2019|

“Once a criminal always a criminal”, especially if you don’t have a British passport

Content warning: suicide, torture. Image by @Carcazan This blog comes from Celia Clarke and Rudy Schulkind at BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees). BID tweets at @BIDdetention “I couldn’t go swimming, or even sit on the bus in case my trousers rode up, ‘cos I was so ashamed of the tag.  But it was still way better than being locked up.” Stephen is [...]

2019-04-16T12:33:53+01:00 December 6th, 2018|

Week 3: Short-term holding facilities and prisons

Most weeks, Unlocking Detention visits a specific detention centre. Last week was a little different. From the 4th-11th November, Unlocking Detention focused on the hundreds of people held under immigration powers in short-term holding facilities and prisons across the UK. Those detained in prisons are even less visible than those held elsewhere in the UK's detention estate, and face additional challenges. [...]

2019-04-16T13:32:32+01:00 November 13th, 2018|

“Immigrants emigrate, hopeful anticipate”

Image by @Carcazan 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 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. This [...]

2019-04-18T08:46:50+01:00 November 9th, 2018|

No one left behind: Including people detained in prisons in immigration detention reform

This blog post comes from Benny Hunter at Association for Visitors to Immigration Detainees. AVID is a small, national charity that supports volunteer visitors to people in immigration detention, wherever they are held. AVID has 16 member groups that visit in every detention centre in the UK, and some prisons, and works to raise awareness of immigration detention and advocate for positive [...]

2019-04-22T10:32:44+01:00 November 5th, 2018|

The guide to #Unlocked17 blogs is here!

We have listed all the blogs that were published during #Unlocked17 on this webpage for easy reference. Did you have any particular favourite? If so, let us know!

2019-04-22T11:12:03+01:00 January 9th, 2018|

Week 4: Prisons and Short Term Holding Facilities

We're almost halfway through #Unlocked17. From all over the UK, you've been tweeting, writing and sharing your selfies to tell us how you feel about detention, and to help spread the word about Unlocking Detention. Thank you! https://twitter.com/MKemple/status/928655841045118976 https://twitter.com/sabir_zazai/status/928761052879314944 https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/927471871825760256 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/929052034871058435 https://twitter.com/justcarol12/status/930136866925547521?refsrc=email&s=11 https://twitter.com/infostaugs/status/928617504519458816 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/927633939128131584 https://twitter.com/donflynnmrn/status/928683799067676672 https://twitter.com/BritishQuakers/status/927927901311459328 Prisons and short-term holding facilities From 6-12 November, #Unlocked17 focused on the hundreds of people [...]

2019-04-22T14:04:39+01:00 November 15th, 2017|

An open letter: “My name is Nobody”

For many involved in asylum and migration justice work (not for us!), immigration detention was a taboo subject for a long time and, in some quarters, it still is. One of the reasons for this is the mixed nature of those incarcerated. It is not just "model" asylum seekers who find themselves in detention: people from all sorts of experiences and [...]

2019-04-22T14:23:54+01:00 November 8th, 2017|

“No one has even thought of me or visited me”: Immigration detention in prisons

When we talk about immigration detention, of course we think of immigration detention centres.  But hundreds of people are also detained as "immigration detainees" in many ordinary prisons.  Ali McGinley of AVID shines light on this forgotten group of people and their daily struggles to be heard. “I do not have any visitors or friends to support me through visits. I [...]

2019-04-22T14:27:55+01:00 November 7th, 2017|

“There are no real seasons in detention. It’s just a grey blur. White noise”

Immigration detention is sometimes described as ‘administrative detention in prison-like conditions’.  And the Home Office can detain people under immigration powers in prisons. In fact, as at 26 June 2017, there were 360 people held in prison establishments in England and Wales as “immigration detainees”. But what are the differences between being held in prisons and being held in detention centres?  Sam, [...]

2019-04-22T14:30:52+01:00 November 6th, 2017|
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