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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.


Why a 28 day time limit on immigration detention?

Why a 28 day time limit on immigration detention? Earlier today, Sir Stephen Shaw gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Committee. I was half listening to the section of the session which touched on the issue of [...]

Detention oversight: Submitting evidence to a Select Committee

Over the past few years, immigration detention has been the focus of increasing government and parliamentary scrutiny. This year, Stephen Shaw published his follow-up review into welfare in detention, and inquiries were launched by the Home Affairs Committee [...]

Join our team! Social media volunteers needed

Social media volunteers needed!  Deadline 10 September 2018 We are looking for enthusiastic and curious volunteers who have a deep interest in and commitment to challenging immigration detention and promoting migrants' rights, and can help us increase our social media presence. This [...]

Detention reform: Shaw’s progress review in context

Stephen Shaw’s follow up review on the UK’s immigration detention system – Assessment of government progress in implementing the report on the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons – was published on 24 July 2018. This was intended as [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

Go to the Unlocked website

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In December we gave Baroness Sally Hamwee a Detention Forum Champion award for her long-standing commitment to immigration #detention reform.


Cynthia, an expert-by-experience, on the lack of time limit in immigration #detention:
"Whenever they call you your mind jumps up and down because you don't know what they are going to tell you so it was just like that, like a suspense."

After our 2018 virtual tour of detention centres in #unlocked18, our attention now turns to the challenges of the coming year. Our aims are unchanged: a 28-day time limit, judicial oversight and an end to the detention of vulnerable people.

'Liberty Lost: Immigration Detention in the UK': free event (requires booking) with @DavidJonesHJT.

Jan 24th, 3-5pm at @BirkbeckUoL

#detention #time4atimelimit

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