Immigration detention is not the answer, for anyone.

People are detained without a time limit, for months, sometimes even years.

It is harmful and expensive. It robs people of their dignity, spirit and lives.

This can’t go on.

We are working towards an immigration system that is based on humanity, compassion and fairness.

To begin this process of change and to reduce detention, we are calling for:

Community-based alternatives to detention that respect rights can minimise the use of detention, reducing costs and helping people to live with dignity in the community while going through the immigration process.

Jonathan Ellis will be our new Project Director

We are very pleased to announce that Jonathan Ellis will be our new Project Director. Jonathan has years of experience as an advocacy campaign director, strategist and teacher and has long supported our work. You can read his profile [...]

Consultancy advert: Project Director

22 November 2019 The Detention Forum is seeking an expression of interest from consultants to provide services as a new Project Director. The Detention Forum is an advocacy network of over 40 groups which challenges the UK’s use [...]

‘In Three Words’ – Unlocking Detention

Can you describe immigration detention in three words? As part of this year's Unlocking Detention (from 11 November to 19 December 2019), we are asking people to take part in ‘In Three Words’ action to unlock the gates [...]

Digging beneath the detention statistics, 2019: what has changed?

Digging beneath the detention statistics, 2019: what has changed? This blog was written by one of our member organisations, AVID, which supports volunteer visitors to people held in immigration detention, and appeared originally on their website.  Official statistics released today show [...]

Beyond outrage, and being part of the change

One of the things we value most is an ongoing discussion with some of the Detention Forum members and volunteers about the complex nature and process of creating a social change. Particularly we often talk about the vital importance [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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As @SDvisitors says, the stress and anxiety people in detention are experiencing in the #COVID19 crisis is exacerbated by isolation due to the lockdown. It’s time for the Home Office to release everyone in detention. Pls sign @DetentionAction’s petition: https://detentionaction.e-activist.com/page/57801/petition/1

The latest The Immigration migrants home office visa refugees Daily! https://paper.li/uk_monitoring/1549711964?edition_id=1452de90-9e7c-11ea-97da-002590a5ba2d Thanks to @WomensBudgetGrp @DetentionForum #globaldevelopment #immigrationandasylum

The IMB says: 'to keep someone in detention for long periods is inhumane … under immigration rules ppl should not be detained unless there is a reasonable prospect of removal. The very high proportion of detainees handcuffed … leads to unnecessary humiliation for the majority'

With its existing policy found unlawful, we welcome the news that the Home Office is developing a new policy on the #detention of victims of trafficking. Real change is desperately needed. Detention is not the answer for anyone https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/home-office-review-trafficking-victims-immigration-detention-a9520661.html

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