SDS is Recruiting!!!

SOAS (Student) Detainee Support Group recruiting for Board of Directors

Deadline: April 10th 2014

Calling dedicated individuals with a broad range of experiences and expertise to support the work of a small initiative working in solidarity with detained migrants.


SOAS Detainee Support (SDS) is an organisation founded in 2005 that aims to reduce  isolation through visits to empower detainees and to campaign for an end to the use of immigration controls especially the use of immigration detention.

SDS comprises dozens of current members presently visiting detainees in detention, over a hundred members trained over the last year and remains in contact with hundreds of previously active members, many of whom have pursued further work within the migration area. SDS has a single paid part-time coordinator and a small working executive team, although all decisions regarding SDS are made consensually between all active members.

In April 2014 SOAS Detainee Support Group (SDS) will be re-naming itself Student Detainee Support Group, and registering as  a Company Limited by Guarantee. The group is looking to recruit a minimum of three and a maximum of seven individuals to make up a Board of Directors. This Board would support, oversee and direct the work of the group, with a view to advancing the strategic functioning and development of the organisation.

The standard term for each post will be two years, though at least one post will be for an initial period of one year to allow for rotational continuity between re-elections. All Directors will be elected to open seats, with an internal allocation process for the roles of Secretary
and Treasurer after election.

Individuals with experience of leading a company at CEO/Assistant Director level, of fundraising in the charity sector, members of the SOAS Student Union, and those with hands-on experience of immigration detention and/or of visiting detention are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Board of Directors will meet on a quarterly basis, but individual members will be contacted for consultation on their area of expertise when this knowledge may be of benefit to the organisation. Board members will also be officially and publicly registered as company directors.

New directors will be voted in during the SDS AGM on 30th April 2014.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors, please read the SDS mission statement as well as previous reports and other information on the SDS webpage before sending your CV and a motivational cover letter of around 500 words to by 10th April  2014.

Further details about the Board can be found here. Any queries should be sent to



IMPORTANT: We are very sorry to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control, Release! is being POSTPONED!

It will NOT take place on Thursday 20th. It WILL take place on another date soon – watch this space!!

Keep your dancing toes hot and ready to go, and watch this space for future Release! dates, and potentially some replacement fun on Thursday night!!!!

Many deep apologies for this – if we could have controlled the circumstances we would have done, with bells on.


release xv flyer front







We say Detention does not stop Migration

and so we Celebrate, high on Liberation


Thursday 20th March, 10 – 3 in Passing Clouds!!

£7 in advance/£9 on the door

Sambatage leads an Exodus from SOAS at 9 30

All proceeds go directly to SOAS Detainee Support!!!


On sale in SOAS from MONDAY!!

Email for more info

Join the facebook page!


For its XV edition Release returns to Passing Clouds, as the end of term extravaganza joins the struggle against immigration detention.

To raise our voices in solidarity with all detainees and dance to the melody of liberation, we’ve put up an amazing line-up for the people

We’ve got some Amazing vibes from live musicians such as

Don Kipper – a whirl of high-energy Klezmer and sizzling Balkan tunes, with fresh, original arrangements and virtuosic zeal

Mulele Matondo Afrika (full band) – an army of pan-africanist inspired conscious congolese guerrilla music

Ten Strong Vagabond Mania and other surprises in store for a night of love, harmony and solidarity

Hosted by, ladies and gentlemen, Fedzilla

Also, for you and for the celebration to be memorable we’ve got:

Dj Ariel from the Twistedhearts family on the decks downstairs (Afrobeats, Funk, Cumbia, World, Latin and more colours)

Old school hip-hop vibes upstairs, led by The Beat Council – BassBoomBoogie… they are the beat at the end of the tunnel + DJ Žestina, MC Why and others yet to be announced

Spread the Love and spread the word

Solidarity to all

SDS Supports Demonstration to Close Campsfield Down!

20 years too long!!
Demonstration to Close Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre!
Saturday Nov 30thImage

Reserve a space on the coach from London now for demo and workshops now!!

Coach details:
10am Malet St, WC1E 7HY £5/£10 donation for return journey dependent on financial situation

Returning 9pm to London (leaving Oxford 7pm)


20 years too long!

Close Campsfield immigration detention centre!

12 noon Saturday 30 November 2013

Demonstrate at Campsfield main gates

Langford Lane, Kidlington OX5 1RE

Bus S4 to Oxford Airport 11.15 from stop C4 Magdalen Street, Oxford

Bike ride: 11am Martyrs’ Memorial, St Giles, Oxford

London coach 10am Malet St, WC1E 7HY £5/£10

On 29 November 1993 the first minibus full of immigration detainees arrived at Campsfield from Harmondsworth. Since then over 25,000 people have been imprisoned there without charge, time limit or proper reasons given, under the 1971 Immigration Act.

Join in a weekend of events to mark 20 years of resistance to
arbitrary detention and to plan future actions!


7pm Friday 29th: Ice and Fire theatre: Asylum Monologues including words from a former Campsfield detainee, Hertford College, Catte St, OX1 3BW

Saturday 30th 12 noon demonstration Campsfield

4-7pm open space/workshops/stalls: former detainees, Europe, charter
flights, film Tasting Freedom on Campsfield detainees’ campaigning, followed by meal, social

Sunday 31st 11-3 open space/workshops/stalls continue: future actions to end immigration detention, at Turl Street Kitchen OX1 3DQ

Pre-register for theatre and discussion/book a stall, accommodation:

Stop Detentions and Deportations!
Freedom of Movement and the Right to Stay!

Campaign to Close Campsfield:  / Oxford Migrant Solidarity:

Soas Detainee Support :

Release XIV

SDS is excited to announce its 14th Release party – Release XIV – will be held on Saturday 28th of September at the Brixton Jamm!


Z the People – Politically conscious US Palestinian Electro- soul  /   Colin Samurai – Hardline Carnival Jazz  /  Harare – Hypnotic Chimuranga beats from the heart of Zimbabwe   + Sambatage – Bone-shaking samba rhythms

and DJs: Ben + Matt  /  Werkha  /  DJ What

£7 before 11 at the SOAS SU or by email to
£10 after 11 | Free for Asylum Seekers
All proceeds directly support asylum seekers in immigration detention

Please click here releaseXIV for more info and see the facebook page here!

SOAS Detainee Support Group is a student-led initiative working in solidarity with asylum seekers and other migrants in and outside detention centres. We aim to reduce isolation through visits to empower detainees and to campaign for an end to the use of immigration controls especially the use of Immigration Detention.

Please contact us on if you cannot find the information you are looking for on this webpage.

In Solidarity,

SOAS Detainee Support

Announcement: We intend change the website address and do a complete overhaul of the website in the next few months, further updates will be posted shortly.