Take action

Spread the word

Many people are unaware that the UK detains people indefinitely, with no time limit. Detention centres are often remote and isolated – out of sight and out of mind.

As a first step, we want people to know that this is happening. Help us to spread the word about the injustice of immigration detention.

Get involved in Unlocking Detention – follow us on Twitter and Facebook and encourage your friends to do the same. Tweet using #Unlocked19. Read our blogs and share them online.

Another way to raise awareness is to write to your local newspaper.

For facts, figures and stories you can use to help spread the word, see our resources page. You can also read about the changes we want to see.

Join a campaign

These Walls Must Fall is a growing network of groups, organisations, communities and people, coming together to challenge immigration detention. Learn more about the movement here, and sign up to the These Walls Must Fall newsletter to read campaign updates.

And many of the Detention Forum members have their own campaigns too – visit their websites and find out more.


If you can commit time regularly, you could consider volunteering to visit someone in detention. On AVID’s website, you can read about becoming a volunteer visitor and find a visiting group near you.

Alternatively, many of our member organisations need volunteers to help them in their work. View the list of members here.