“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 [...]

2018-12-06T08:57:08+00:00 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. [...]

2018-11-13T18:35:38+00:00 November 13th, 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|

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 [...]

2018-11-05T11:05:49+00:00 November 5th, 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! Prisons and short-term holding facilities From 6-12 November, #Unlocked17 focused on the hundreds of people [...]

2018-10-23T15:46:03+00:00 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 [...]

2018-10-30T15:36:31+00:00 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 [...]

2018-10-30T15:50:33+00:00 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, [...]

2018-10-30T16:12:00+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

First week of #Unlocked16: short-term holding centres and prisons

What an exciting first week of Unlocking Detention 2016! This first week was partly an introduction to this virtual tour of the UK's immigration detention estate, but also focused on two of the most hidden sites of detention: short-term holding centres; and detention under immigration powers in prisons. A changing landscape This is the third year of Unlocking Detention, and there's [...]

2016-10-17T19:57:06+00:00 October 17th, 2016|

Live Q and A with Abdi, detained in prison

This afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live Q and A with 'Abdi' who is currently detained, under immigration powers, in a prison. Ben asked Abdi questions that you, the public, had sent us via Twitter and Facebook and at the various Unlocking Detention events Right to Remain and Detention Action have held recently.  Thank you to everyone who sent [...]

2016-10-14T15:49:14+00:00 October 14th, 2016|
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