Who we are

//Who we are
Who we are 2019-02-21T12:29:29+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 as @EiriOhtani

Susannah Willcox is the Detention Forum Coordinator. Susannah has worked with marginalised and migrant communities in Australia and the UK for over ten years. She joins The Detention Forum from Detention Action, where she worked with people detained in London prisons and Colnbrook, Harmondsworth, The Verne and Morton Hall IRCs from 2012. Susannah has a doctorate in international law from the LSE, exploring the impact of climate change on migration, statehood and collective identity, and is currently training as an integrative psychotherapist. She tweets (rarely) as @susywillcox.

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 as @alice_miranda1

Carcazan is a new volunteer who 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 as @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 as @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 as @CCionnfhaolaidh

Francesca is currently doing an MA in Migration, Superdiversity and Policy at the University of Birmingham. Prior to this she volunteered in refugee camps in Greece and France and worked communications at the European Council of Refugees and Exiles. She volunteers for the Detention Forum to advocate for an equitable and humane immigration policy. She tweets as @franromberg

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 as @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 as @garethglynn.

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 as @rrromany.

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 as @ruthsays_.

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 as @CricklewoodMum.