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Immigration detention is not the answer, for anyone.

People are detained without a time limit, for months, sometimes even years.

It is harmful and expensive. It robs people of their dignity, spirit and lives.

This can’t go on.

We are working towards an immigration system that is based on humanity, compassion and fairness.

To begin this process of change and to reduce detention, we are calling for:

Community-based alternatives to detention that respect rights can minimise the use of detention, reducing costs and helping people to live with dignity in the community while going through the immigration process.


Consultancy advert: Project Director

22 November 2019 The Detention Forum is seeking an expression of interest from consultants to provide services as a new Project Director. The Detention Forum is an advocacy network of over 40 groups which challenges the UK’s use [...]

‘In Three Words’ – Unlocking Detention

Can you describe immigration detention in three words? As part of this year's Unlocking Detention (from 11 November to 19 December 2019), we are asking people to take part in ‘In Three Words’ action to unlock the gates [...]

Digging beneath the detention statistics, 2019: what has changed?

Digging beneath the detention statistics, 2019: what has changed? This blog was written by one of our member organisations, AVID, which supports volunteer visitors to people held in immigration detention, and appeared originally on their website.  Official statistics released today show [...]

Beyond outrage, and being part of the change

One of the things we value most is an ongoing discussion with some of the Detention Forum members and volunteers about the complex nature and process of creating a social change. Particularly we often talk about the vital importance [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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One of our wonderful volunteers @CCionnfhaolaidh reflects on her experience of #Unlocked19 and what she has learnt reporting on #Colnbrook and #Harmondsworth. (illustration by: @Carcazan)


Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job: Read what the @SDVisitors volunteers say about their experience as they witness what’s happening to people locked up in #Dungavel. #Unlocked19


Thank you for sharing your thoughts over what immigration #detention meant to you during #Unlocked19. Here is what the Home Affairs Committee said in its report earlier this year. You can also browse through the gallery on our website.


As more #detention centres are closed, visitors’ groups shift their focus to what’s next. Clara Della Croce, from @AsylumWelcome explains to Unlocking Detention what Asylum Welcome did after the closure of #Campsfield centre in Oxfordshire. #Unlocked19

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