The Detention Forum Team
Eiri Ohtani has directed the Detention Forum as a freelance worker since 2009. A migrant herself, she has worked with asylum seekers and immigrants for many years and was previously Director at Asylum Support Appeals Project. She also works as a consultant for NGOs, specialising in strategy and business planning and works part-time at the International Detention Coalition. She tweets as @EiriOhtani and is Chair of Every Casualty Worldwide.
Kalina is a masters student at UCL studying Globalisation and also volunteers at Harrow Law Centre. Kalina has just joined Detention Forum as a volunteer in August 2015. She wants to play a small part in changing the immigration detention system for the better and tweets as @kalinashah.
Sylvia says she is a “migrant who benefited from an open European political union which allowed me to choose where to live, work and settle. Throughout my life, I have worked and lived with refugees and asylum seekers in England and abroad and feel strongly that a just society must treat any newcomer with fairness and dignity, especially the most vulnerable.” She supports the Detention Forum as a volunteer.
Galadriel is a PhD student at University of Bath. She will join the Detention Forum team as a volunteer in September 2015. She would like to be involved in the fight against immigration detention in the UK as this is what she is already doing in Italy. She tweets as @Gala_dr
Alice is a researcher at Jigsaw Consult, an organisation working to enhance development outcomes through evaluation, research and learning. She previously co-ordinated advocacy and communications for the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust. She joined the Detention Forum team as a volunteer in August 2015. She tweets at @alice_miranda1
Tom‘s previous work includes employment with an advice agency, some parliamentary work and jobs in OXFAM. He has been volunteering with Asylum Welcome in Oxford for a couple of years, visiting and providing support to people in detention at Campsfield House IRC. This has brought a sea-change in the way he views migration – and believes the current rules around immigration and detention do tremendous harm with very little benefit to anyone.
Rosie is studying for an MA in Digital Journalism at Goldsmiths College. Before moving to London she lived in Berlin where she worked in communications for an anti-corruption NGO. She joined Detention Forum as a volunteer in March 2016 and tweets at @RosieSlats
Ruth is finishing a Masters degree at SOAS in Music in Development. She works as a musician and also volunteers for Music In Detention. Other than wanting to end immigration detention, her other political interests are to do with queer and LGBT lives, and Jewish diasporism. Ruth joined the Detention Forum as a social media volunteer in August 2016. She tweets at @ruthsays_.
Priya has previously volunteered with Refugee Action, Notre Dame Refugee Centre and the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA). She was South Asian Communities Manager at Migreat where she provided online and offline assistance on all steps from migration to integration to migrants settling in the UK and Europe. She is particularly interested in issues of race and community in the context of immigration and joined the Detention Forum in August 2016 to assist with social media. She tweets @priyacga.