Monthly Archives: October 2017

Why political pressure needs to be ramped up now

The Detention Forum which runs Unlocking Detention is a network of many groups who have been working together to challenge UK’s immigration detention policy and practice.  Jon Featonby, one of its Coordination Group members, explains why now is [...]

2022-10-05T14:43:10+00:00October 31st, 2017|

Week 2: #Unlocked17 visits Yarl’s Wood

This week Unlocking Detention visited Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire. Like other centres, it is isolated and hard to reach. However, with space for up to 304 women and 68 families, it is notorious for the detention [...]

2022-10-05T14:44:07+00:00October 30th, 2017|

Remembering My First Time

Though no official survey exists, the UK is one of the few countries around the world where each detention centre has a dedicated visitor's group, in addition to other groups who visit formally and informally multiple centres.  Hundreds of people [...]

2022-10-05T14:45:51+00:00October 26th, 2017|

“A country I had called home for 13 years had imprisoned me”

Families with children were regularly detained at Yarl’s Wood and Dungavel detention centres until the change of policy in 2010 drastically reduced the number of children detained.  Now, a smaller number of families with children are detained in [...]

2022-10-05T14:47:00+00:00October 25th, 2017|

Photo essay: To Yarl’s Wood detention centre

Yarl's Wood detention centre is perhaps the most high-profile centre in the UK.  This photo essay is for those of you who have never been to this detention centre. If you are visiting other detention centres, can you [...]

2022-10-05T15:19:59+00:00October 24th, 2017|

“Everyday in Yarl’s Wood is a struggle”

This week, Unlocking Detention tour is 'visiting' Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedford.  Boatemaa* was detained in Yarl’s Wood earlier this year.  She was recently released from Yarl’s Wood, to continue with her asylum case, after four months [...]

2022-10-05T15:21:17+00:00October 23rd, 2017|

The Seamed Zones

Where does 'invisibility' of immigration detention centres start?  Ben du Preez, Campaigns Coordinator at Detention Action, stares into the gap between non-place-ness of detention centres and their material human impact and finds hope in Experts-By-Experience's power to bring [...]

2022-10-05T15:22:10+00:00October 20th, 2017|

Verne closes, Shaw looms

Detention Action has been running advice surgeries every month at the Verne detention centre, which is set to close at the end of this year.  Jerome Phelps, Director of Detention Action, considers what our next task is.   [...]

2022-10-05T15:23:35+00:00October 18th, 2017|
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