Dr Anna Lindley Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London Risk is a key ‘organizing concept’ for immigration control regimes and often comes up when talking about immigration detention. As one UK detention officer put it, ‘We are protecting the community’. Yet there is also abundant [...]
We've just seen the welcome news that Morton Hall Detention Centre is due to close next year. And we're keen to promote the blog post just put out by one of our members, AVID with a quote from another of our members, the Morton Hall Detainee Visitors Group.
We are really excited at the development co-ordinated by Medical Justice setting up an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention. We think this is a really welcome initiative, and it is great to see over 35 Parliamentarians from across the Parties and in both Houses as members of this [...]
Last week in all of the activity building up to the debate in the House of Commons on the Report stage of the Immigration Bill, the Home Office published a 'media factsheet: detention time limits'. It is worth a quick look to see how the Home Office sets out its [...]
We were really disappointed to see that the amendments tabled by David Davis MP, despite attracting wide cross-party support, were defeated at Report stage of the Immigration Bill last week in Parliament. But we were really taken by the thread of tweets on the day from one of our members, [...]
David Davis MP has re-tabled his amendments to the Immigration Bill on detention in readiness for Report stage, which may be as early as next week. It is so great to see support growing cross-party for these amendments, including now from the following Conservative MPs: Steve Baker MP, Andrew Mitchell [...]
The current Covid-19 crisis has prompted a lot of reflection among organisations like SDV that support and advocate for people affected by immigration detention. Ali McGinley in an earlier blog for Detention Forum discussed how the recent large scale releases from detention and the current low occupancy of the detention [...]
June is Pride month. Pride was and still is a protest, but this can sometimes be forgotten in countries like the UK where LGBTQI+ rights have advanced significantly. For many people, Pride is a celebration. But to view this as a mark of progress is to erase the experiences of [...]