Upcoming training for visitors to immigration detention

Saturday 14th October
10am-5pm
at SOAS – sign up here

This is SOAS Detainee Support’s big training event for the new academic year! If you want to find out more about the violent & racist immigration detention system (& how to fight it), and how to be a part of SDS as a visitor, then this is the event for you.

It is full day of interesting information about immigration detention, practical skills for use when visiting someone in detention and a chance to meet other badass likeminded people.

You do NOT have to be a SOAS student OR SOAS staff to attend, visit or organise with SOAS Detainee Support.

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Schedule:

Welcomes, outline & introductions
What is immigration detention?
Visiting immigration detention centres with SDS

BREAK

Visiting prisons
Legal system for visitors

LUNCH

Medical Justice presentation: health and medical abuses in detention
Role plays and practical skills

Movement for Justice presentation: How people organise inside detention, self-help and mutual aid
Visitor welfare and looking after ourselves and eachother

Sign up here


Tickets are limited – IF FOR WHATEVER REASON YOU’RE UNABLE TO ATTEND PLEASE CANCEL YOUR TICKET SO SOMEONE ELSE CAN COME!

– REFRESHMENTS & LUNCH –
There will be tea & coffee. We are hoping to be able to eat lunch together, please bring something to share.

– ACCESS –
There is step-free access to the room and there is an accessible toilet. There will be breaks throughout the day. If you have any other access needs or questions about the space, please email us and we will do our best to make it work.

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Evening training for visitors – 28th June

This is SOAS Detainee Support’s Summer training event. We are an abolitionist group who offer emotional & practical support to people affected by border violence & immigration prisons. If you want to find out more about immigration detention and how to be a part of SDS as a visitor or as an organiser then reserve your place for this training N O W!

Please book well in advance and before 23/06/17. Also, because we anticipate a high demand, if you book, please attend the training!

Programme:

  • Intro to detention and experiences from Detention
  • How to visit and organise with SOAS Detainee Support
  • Intro to Immigration Law
  • Visitor Role Plays
  • Other ways to be involved

~ Please bring a picnic dinner for yourself and to share with others! ~

Book a space here.  If the event is sold out please add yourself to the waiting list.

Training for visitors – 21st February

This is SOAS Detainee Support’s February training event. If you want to find out more about immigration detention and how to be a part of SDS as a visitor or as an organiser then this is the event for you!

Please book well in advance and before the18th February. Also, because we anticipate a high demand, if you book, please attend the training!

Draft Programme:

  • Intro to detention and experiences from Detention
  • How to visit and organise with SOAS Detainee Support
  • Intro to Immigration Law
  • Visitor Role Plays
  • Other ways to be involved

Dinner: Please bring a picnic dinner for yourself and to share with others!

Please book a place here.  If the event is ‘sold out’ please add yourself to the waiting list.

Visitor training – 30th October

This is SOAS Detainee Support’s big training event for the new year. If you want to find out more about immigration detention and how to be a part of SDS as a visitor or as an organiser then this is the event for you!

Sunday 30th October 2016
10am – 4pm at SOAS

Please book your space well in advance and before the 27th of October. Also, because we anticipate a high demand, if you book, please attend the training!

Draft Programme:

  • Intro to detention and experiences from Detention
  • How to visit and organise with SOAS Detainee Support
  • Intro to Immigration Law
  • Medical Justice Presentation
  • Visitor Role Plays
  • Prison Visiting
  • Intro to anti-raids
  • Other way to be involved

Lunch: We are hoping to be able to bring some food to eat together (watch this space) – but please do bring some snacks to keep us going through the day!

SOAS Detainee Support Welcome Meeting

Welcome Meeting
12th October 2016
7-9pm @ SOAS

SOAS Detainee Support (SDS) is a group that works in solidarity with people detained in detention centres and prisons in and around London under immigration powers. A lot of what we do is visit people who are detained, to provide them with emotional & practical support as needed. Visiting isn’t all we do, however — if you are unable to visit for any reason, there is a LOT you can still do as part of SDS! We also work on and support campaigns that work to #EndDetention; we hold a totally abolitionist stance toward incarceration, meaning that the work & organising we do is not to make detention “”nicer””, it is with the aim of ending it completely.

The group is what we all, collectively, make it �� ! In this meeting, we will talk about what SDS is, what our shared aims & principles are, and how you can get involved with the group.

We generally meet once a week to organise, 7PM—9PM in SOAS. More regularly, our meetings are there to discuss the running of SDS (an anti-hierarchal, consensus-based group), to hold skill-shares, for casework and peer-support, & to plan actions and protests.

PSA: You do NOT have to be a SOAS student or staff to visit or organise with SOAS Detainee Support.

Please message us for the ROOM INFO, and see you there!