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Big turnout at national demo against Hassockfield

Over 500 people turned up at the weekend to show their opposition to the new detention centre for women at Hassockfield. This was a great turn-out for this national demonstration held on Place Green in Durham. Detention Forum [...]

2022-05-16T10:46:02+00:00May 16th, 2022|

New social media volunteers sought

At Detention Forum, we have a dynamic and committed team of social media volunteers, who help us to engage with our 12,000+ followers on Twitter and many, many more people. The current team of social media volunteers come [...]

2022-05-16T10:27:07+00:00May 16th, 2022|

Alternatives to Detention

At our recent members' meeting we heard updates from the two Home Office funded pilot projects on alternatives to detention. After all the bleakness surrounding the Nationality and Borders Bill, it was very uplifting to hear from colleagues [...]

2022-05-03T10:19:57+00:00May 3rd, 2022|

Say no to the Rwanda asylum plan

We were really concerned to hear of the government’s recent announcement of their intention to send people seeking asylum and arriving in the UK to Rwanda. After the horrors of the Second World War, the UK was one [...]

2022-04-26T07:19:10+00:00April 26th, 2022|

APPG report on quasi-detention

At our recent members' meeting we heard from Elspeth MacDonald from Medical Justice, who had played a key role in the report from the APPG on detention into the use of quasi-detention. She was also able to update [...]

2022-04-25T09:42:36+00:00April 25th, 2022|

Cruel asylum policy is costing us more than money

Not only is the government going to spend £2.7bn on implementing the dreadful nationality and borders bill (Refugee group warns of ‘astonishing’ cost of new Home Office policies, 14 February), but it is already spending more than it [...]

2022-02-24T08:39:46+00:00February 24th, 2022|

Nationality and Borders Bill

As a network of now 50 independent organisations, we continue to be highly concerned about the future impact of the Nationality and Borders Bill as it works its way through Parliament. We stand in full support of the [...]

2022-02-04T10:08:08+00:00February 4th, 2022|

The UK’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Reality

By Freya Wainstein, René Cassin intern, November 2021 (This blog can also be accessed as a PDF document ) When in 2012, then-Home Secretary Theresa May announced she wanted “to create here in Britain a really hostile environment for [...]

2021-12-20T16:20:25+00:00December 3rd, 2021|


Alongside so many people in the country and across the world, we are appalled at the human tragedy which is rapidly unfolding in Afghanistan. As a result of the great work that many of our members are doing [...]

2021-08-28T11:36:56+00:00August 28th, 2021|
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