Monthly Archives: December 2019

The silencing of race in NGO and charity campaigning against detention

There are certain norms in terms of how immigration detention can be described. ‘Inhumane’, ‘unjust’, ‘unfair’, ‘harmful’ – but ‘racist’? Gemma Lousley (@gemmalousley) at Women for Refugee Women unpicks why and how NGOs and charity organisations avoid talking [...]

2022-10-05T09:16:37+00:00December 10th, 2019|

A post-detention Scotland?

With a declining occupancy in Dungavel, the only Scottish detention centre, Kate Alexander, director of the Scottish Detainee Visitors (SDV) is imagining what Scotland would look like post-detention and what it would mean for the visitors who have [...]

2022-10-03T12:42:11+00:00December 10th, 2019|

Reflections on Unlocking Detention

As we near the end of Unlocking Detention, Charlotte (@CCionnfhaolaidh) one of the Detention Forum volunteers who was responsible for running the ‘tour’ of Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres, explains what she has learned from her #Unlocked19 experience. [...]

2022-10-03T12:52:33+00:00December 9th, 2019|

Visiting people held in Dungavel immigration detention centre

To close this year’s Unlocking Detention by a ‘visit’ to Dungavel and reflect on what’s next, we have asked volunteer visitors of Scottish Detainee Visitors, ordinary people doing extraordinary job of witnessing what’s happening to people locked up [...]

2022-10-05T11:02:17+00:00December 9th, 2019|

After Campsfield

As more detention centres are closed, visitors’ groups shift their focus to what’s next. Clara Della Croce, from Asylum Welcome, explains to Unlocking Detention what Asylum Welcome did after the closure of Campsfield immigration detention in Oxfordshire. On [...]

2022-10-05T10:59:05+00:00December 9th, 2019|

British Justice?

You come here to study and find yourself in immigration detention - that’s what has happened to some of the so-called TOEIC students, international students wrongly accused of cheating in 2014. They are being supported by Migrant Voice [...]

2022-10-05T11:05:21+00:00December 3rd, 2019|

Who am I again?

Testimony is a powerful way of helping those of us lucky enough not to have experienced the blunt end of immigration detention to understand a little bit of what it must be like. It can inspire us to [...]

2022-10-05T11:07:32+00:00December 2nd, 2019|
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