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Be part of Unlocking Detention 2015!

Unlocking Detention is a virtual tour of the UK’s immigration detention estate. It is all about raising awareness of immigration detention, one of the gravest civil liberties issues in the UK today. Each week from 21 September and until 18 December (International Migrants Day) , Unlocking Detention will shine a spotlight on a detention through photos, tweets, testimony, information and blog posts.
Every year we ask supporters to get involved and be a part of speaking out about this inherently unfair and inhumane system…and #Unlocked15 is no different! You can get involved by sending us photographs (read more about that here), or by sending us some words about detention.
That might just be a couple of sentences to share on Twitter (we can share it for you if you’re not on Twitter). Not on Twitter? Sign up today – it’s easy!
Or you might want to write a short (or long!) blog post for us. Read our simple guidelines for writing a blog post for Unlocking Detention.

What do we want to hear about?

  • Have you been detained and want to share your experiences in a particular detention centre (see the Unlocking Detention calendar to find out when each centre is being ‘visited’ by the tour)
  • Do you know someone who has been detained and want to write about how it affected them, you and others?
  • Do you visit people in detention?

How does detention affect your community?

As well as looking at the sites of detention in the UK, we want to hear how detention affects your local area and your community even if there isn’t a detention centre within miles of where you live.

  • For example, are you or people you know at risk of detention, feeling that that threat is always hanging over you?
  • Are people taken away from your community to detention? Does this happen through stop-and-searches in the street, at bus and train stations? Or immigration raids on businesses? How do immigration raids impact on your community?
  • Where are people held if they are picked up, before they are transferred to a detention centre? A reporting centre? A police station? A short-term holding facility? Are there any problems with this?
  • Do you have a detention centre in your local area? What does that mean for people living nearby?
  • Do people live in your local area/community once they have been released from detention? Many people find it very hard to forget the trauma and harm of detention – how does this affect the communities you/they live among after release?

Read more about this here.

It doesn’t have to be writing!

There are lots of ways to get involved in Unlocking Detention.
You can share a few words with us, write a blog post for us, or if you prefer record yourself speaking about detention in an audio file or video clip.
Questions or words to share? Contact us at