Who we are

//Who we are
Who we are 2019-07-15T09:02:33+00:00

The Detention Forum Team

Eiri Ohtani is the Project Director of the Detention Forum since 2009. A migrant herself, she has worked with asylum seekers and immigrants since 2000 and was previously Director at Asylum Support Appeals Project. She now works as a consultant for NGOs and others internationally, specialising in advocacy and strategy. She also worked at the International Detention Coalition. She co-authored a report on alternatives to detention Without Detention and has been involved in developing a number of community-based alternatives to detention pilots in Europe over the last few years. She tweets at @EiriOhtani

Carcazan is an artist, photographer and illustrator based in London but who has a working knowledge of immigration and public law practices and has a multi-cultural background (and foreground!) of her own. She has turned her creative attention to Detention Forum and is very excited to be part it and particularly use her artwork to illustrate articles, stories and content to help project the moving issues described. She feels strongly about supporting the Forum’s “asks” particularly a 28day time limit, having once herself managed to convince an asylum seeker not to kill himself while in immigration detention many moons ago. She tweets at @Carcazan

Catherine has worked at the University of Cambridge’s interdisciplinary research centre, CRASSH, for the last 15 years. She has recently become active with organisations concerned with immigration and asylum, including the Detention Forum, in a voluntary capacity. She emigrated to Canada from the UK with her family as a baby but has only recently begun to think of herself as an immigrant. She tweets at @hurleycat38

Charlotte joined Detention Forum as a social media volunteer in October 2018. She also volunteers for British Red Cross Refugee Support and International Family Tracing. She tweets at @CCionnfhaolaidh

Galadriel is a PhD student at University of Bath. She joined 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 at @Gala_dr

In a personal capacity, Gareth is a lifelong campaigner for peace, human rights and justice. He retired in 2017 from a career in communications, having worked on campaign and fundraising communications with a range of NGOs including Refugee Action, Peace Direct and Y Care International. He wants to put his editorial and creative experience into the coordinated effort to reform the UK’s unjust, punitive detention regime. He supports the Detention Forum as a volunteer and tweets at @garethglynn

Jun is an MSc student in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at the University of Oxford. Previously, she was a researcher at various NGOs in Hong Kong, advocating for women’s and migrants’ rights. She is a co-founder of daikon*, a platform for building anti-racist solidarity between East and Southeast Asian women and non-binary people and other communities. She tweets at @hyjpang

Mishka (from Freed Voices) is an expert not only by virtue of his first-hand experience of the UK immigration detention system; he is also an experienced campaigner and activist, dedicated to challenging the UK immigration detention estate and the Home Office’s unjust policies around immigration detention. In addition, Mishka is interested in the rights of asylum claimants as well as human rights in general. Mishka has a degree with honours in engineering from the Kingston University London. He tweets at @Mishka_anonym

Romany has a degree in Politics from the University of Sheffield. She acts as a social media volunteer with the Detention Forum in order to combat the UK’s unjust immigration system. Alongside this, she works with Refugee Action’s Frontline Immigration Advice Project to expand migrant’s access to justice and the British Red Cross, giving support to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. She tweets at @rrromany

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 and tweets at @CricklewoodMum

Our regular Twitter rota is as follows:

Monday – Gareth

Tuesday – Romany

Wednesday – Charlotte

Thursday – Jun

Friday – Mishka

Saturday – Gala

Sunday – Catherine