Detained Fast Track Litigation Case Study: Using the Law for Social Change

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‘Invisible’: a new virtual reality film about indefinite detention

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Yarl’s Wood Hunger strikes: Tragedy, hope, action

This piece has been written by Mishka*, a member of […]

What do the 2017 immigration statistics tell us?

The government has released its immigration statistics for 2017. The […]

4 actions you can take to support the Yarl’s Wood strikers

On Wednesday 21st of February a large group of women […]

Detention Action and Freed Voices welcome Labour commitment to end indefinite detention

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has today outlined the “fair […]

The future of bail addresses in doubt

Two weeks ago, the Home Office quietly abolished the system […]

What do migrants think of immigration policy?

Our Director, Jerome Phelps, reflects on migrant responses to The […]

Home Office policy on indefinite detention: burning money

Earlier this week, (in an unlikely turn of events), the […]

A Matter of Routine: experts-by-experience call on MPs to end indefinite detention

NGOs, experts and parliamentarians come together at the launch of […]

RSVP NOW! 19th January: ‘Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Detention But Were Too Afraid To Ask’ feat. The Claim

Join us on the 19th January for an evening of […]

SAVE THE DATE: 27th January, Holocaust Memorial Concert

We’re very excited about Jacqueline Cole’s forthcoming piano recital to […]

Putting stock Home Office statements in the stocks

New Freed Voices member, John P.*, was recently released after ten months […]

Ten years on: reflections on a decade working on the injustice of detention

Immigration detention and the detention estate can sometimes appear permanent […]

Walls of resistance

This piece is written for Unlocking Detention by ‘Jose’ of […]

Trafficked into detention

Trafficked people in detention are being denied the full protection […]

Trafficked into detention: new research from Detention Action

Trafficked people in detention are being denied the full protection […]

Detained Fast Track Litigation Case Study: Using the Law for Social Change

Research published today by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research […]

Parliamentary meeting on immigration detention on 16 November – is your MP attending?

Next week, on the 16th November, the APPG on Migration […]

Guantanamo Bay, a tube ride away

Last week, Jose from the Freed Voices group joined a […]

‘The Seamed Zones’

Last week, I delivered a speech alongside Michael from the Freed […]

“We need it now. People are dying.” Freed Voices lobbying for #Time4aTimeLimit

Last week, Mishka from Freed Voices joined campaigners Fred Ashmore […]

Verne closes, Shaw looms

This blog was written by Jerome Phelps, Director of Detention […]

Panorama, Freed Voices and another death in detention

Last week, BBC Panorama revealed assault and abuse of migrants detained at […]

Abuse in Brook House: Freed Voices open letter

We are Freed Voices. Together we have lost over 20 […]

Shaw II: The chance to right some wrongs

By Joe, Freed Voices The fact that the Home Office […]

Detention statistics: the government fails to deliver its promise of reform

“Indefinite detention makes you lose your mind, your head. I […]

Rebalancing the scales after ‘deport first, appeal later’

Imagine moving to the UK as a young man. You […]

Working in detention: Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Wilson of the Freed Voices group was held in detention […]

Detention on trial

What happens when indefinite detention goes on trial in the court […]

#RefugeeWeek: surviving indefinite detention

One of the central themes of #RefugeeWeek this year is […]

#Time4aTimeLimit: Five Guys

Reflections on indefinite detention are often framed in the singular, […]

#Time4aTimeLimit: Freed Voices on the general election

Brexit. The refugee ‘crisis’. Integration. There is little doubt that […]

Why is so much art about the ‘refugee crisis’ so bad?

Even at a celebrity art gala you can don an […]

#Time4aTimeLimit: The difference between prison and detention

This piece was written by Sam from the Freed Voices […]

General Election 2017, #Time4aTimeLimit

‘Being locked up in detention in the UK is like […]

Return of the Fast Track?

Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, announced proposals to introduce a fast […]

Charter flights: ‘when politics comes before people’

Last month activists prevented the departure of a charter flight […]

Not one more: Another death at the Verne

Yesterday we learned of another death in detention. As the […]

Will More and Longer Detention Solve the ‘Migration Crisis’?

This article originally appeared on the Border Criminologies blog on […]

Morton Hall: ‘The devastating impact of indefinite detention can no longer be denied’

Today, HM Inspectorate of Prisons has released a report following an unannounced […]

Home Office policy vs Home Office practice – Freed Voices on the #DetentionDebate

Today’s Westminster Hall debate on the detention of vulnerable people […]

#DetentionDebate tomorrow at Westminster

Tomorrow, 14 March, there will be a debate about the […]

Freed Voices meet the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Last month, Freed Voices members William and Kasonga met with […]

#BeyondDetention: Freed Voices & UNHCR Global Detention Strategy

“The truth is that we, the migrants, have become leverage […]

Integration: A debate or a diktat?

 “Right now, there is a big  conversation about  integration in […]

High Court rules asylum-seekers denied justice in detention for 10 years.

  The High Court has today  found that asylum-seekers  were being […]

Of rights and dignity in detention: The new powers under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The Investigatory Powers Act has just become law. How will […]

#Unlocked16 Reflection Special

This article was first published on the Unlocking Detention website. To […]

Two deaths, one week

At Detention Action we were saddened to learn that in one […]

No shirking: hold the government accountable for promises they made to overhaul the UK’s detention system

The people demanded radical change. The Detention Inquiry and the […]

From inside Colnbrook: my drawing is my feeling

Jay has been detained in Colnbrook for 3 months. This […]

Julio y amigos: The impact of detention on the Latin American community in the UK

This piece originally appeared on Unlocking Detention blog as part […]

How detention split me and my brother in half

This year, the Unlocking Detention blog is particularly focusing on […]

Entangled in Harmondsworth

By Silvia Maritati, Advocacy Coordinator at Detention Action. This piece […]

A footnote on Harmondsworth

As told by ‘K’.  Footnotes by Ciara Bottomley of Detention […]

Protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) has published its new […]

Closing Dungavel – a chance to end indefinite detention in Scotland?

This article was originally published by the Justice Gap and […]

Detention and Friendship: Knowing you inside (and) out

This piece originally appeared on Unlocking Detention blog. #Unlocked16 is focussing on […]

A Letter to The Old Me, Before Brook House

This #Unlocked16 piece originally appeared on Unlocking Detention blog. #Unlocked16 is […]

UKLGIG launch new report: No Safe Refuge

UKLGIG have released a vital new report in collaboration with […]

The Verne – an exercise in societal segregation

 In this  #Unlocked16  article, Susannah  Wilcox, Advocacy  Coordinator at  Detention […]

Arresting the mass detention of migrants

In this #Unlocked16 article, Jerome Phelps of Detention Action writes […]

Build Trust, Not Walls

This piece was originally written by Kasonga, a member of […]

New Detention Action report on alternatives: ‘Without Detention’

Detention Action today launches a new report, ‘Without Detention’, highlighting […]

Dungavel detention centre to close

The Home Office has announced plans to close Dungavel Immigration […]

Speaking-out about detention: if you don’t, who will?

Just over two weeks ago, Samphire held their annual conference […]

Freed Voices respond to new HMIP report on Colnbrook

Yesterday saw the release of the latest HMIP report on […]

A new Home Secretary, a new Immigration Minister – a new challenge? What you can do

After the Cabinet reshuffle, we now have a new Home […]

‘Invisible’: a new virtual reality film about detention, feat. Freed Voices

For the last few months, members of the Freed Voices […]

Frontline Update: A Tale of Two Speeches

A few weeks ago (what feels like a different epoch now), […]

Euro 2016 in Colnbrook: Extra time

Providing a backdrop to the tumultuous run-up and result of the […]

The Fast Track is dead

The systematic detention of asylum seekers in the UK has […]

Lords defeat the Government again over detention

The House of Lords has for the second time defeated […]

Immigration Bill offers platform for promised detention reform

The Immigration Bill wasn’t meant to be about detention.  When […]

Judicial Oversight: demand your MP shines a light into one of the darkest corners of the UK detention estate

On Monday 25th April, the Immigration Bill returns to the […]

Hotspots or communities? The future for migrants in Greece

Mandatory detention is the new reality for irregular migrants arriving […]

House of Lords votes in favour of detention reform amendment

Last night the House of Lords voted in favour of […]

Prisons Inspector slams ‘unacceptable’ detention

The Chief Inspector of Prisons has added his voice to […]

Long-term detention hits lowest level since records began

Unnoticed amid the clamour over the slight dip in net […]

The reality of life, and death, in detention

Last night I telephoned members of the Freed Voices group […]

Death at Colnbrook IRC

Very sad news has emerged today of a death at […]


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