What We Do

Mission statement:

SOAS Detainee Support is a student-led initiative working in solidarity with people in and outside immigration detention centres. We aim to reduce isolation, offer practical support to people fighting for release, and campaign for an end to the use of detention.

What we do…

  • SOAS Detainee Support mainly visit people who are being held in Yarl’s Wood, Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres.
  • We work in solidarity rather than charity, and try to meet people in detention on their own terms and without preconceived notions about their situation or desires.
  • Visiting is central to who we are as a group. The nature of the visits depends on the specific needs, desires and circumstances of the person in detention.  We offer emotional support, help with finding a solicitor or medical expert, bring toiletries and other essential items, and campaign alongside people in detention, for example.

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