2,930 people are locked up in immigration detention centres across the UK, without charge or trial, for indefinite periods of time. People are wrenched out of their families and communities, often detained in raids on their homes or workplaces, or picked up on the street. The detention system is violent and incredibly harmful, and these centres have become notorious sites of mistreatment and human rights abuse. Working class people of colour, like in the prison system, are significantly overrepresented in immigration detention.
What are we doing about it?
Volunteers with SOAS Detainee Support visit people in detention every week, reducing isolation and offering practical support to stop deportations and quicken release.
Since 2005, we have worked alongside hundreds of people whilst they are held in detention and after their release. In the last 12 months alone, we have worked in solidarity with just over 100 people in detention. More and more people in detention are getting in touch with SDS and requesting visits. This autumn, we’ll be training a new cohort of visitors to be able to support more people in detention. But to keep the visits going, we need your help.
Donate here: https://chuffed.org/project/againstdetention