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.

APPG on Immigration Detention

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 [...]

Time Limit – the campaign continues

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 [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

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, [...]

Detention in Scotland

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 [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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#jobopportunity This is an 18 month fixed-term contract, potentially renewable. @JRSUK particularly welcomes applications from people with personal experience of the asylum system.

The Long Haul addresses the current human rights backlash and how best to respond. It's inspired by modern #HumanRights champion Nigel Rodley. With worldwide screenings, the film aims to foster debate and create space to think and strategise on our future. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-long-haul-the-threat-to-human-rights-in-the-uk-today-tickets-129449124817

The Immigration and Asylum Claims Upper Tribunal (UTIAC) decision to hear cases and rule without the individual appealing present made appeals against decisions and access to legal advice more difficult. As @JCWI_UK says, "Everyone has an equal right to their day in court".

A "ridiculous catch-22 … It makes no sense … The promised change of culture hasn’t happened. When we take the limelight away from the Home Office, they revert back to their old ways.” Ken Morgan https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/nov/22/windrush-victim-refused-british-citizenship-despite-wrongful-passport-confiscation

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