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Learning, friendship and solidarity blossom in Sheffield

In Sheffield this month, Right to Remain and a new local volunteer group, Early Asylum Support, ran the second in our new programme of information sessions for newly-arrived asylum seekers. The sessions are focused on the crucial first steps of the legal process, and in particular the asylum substantive interview.  The content is based on […]

Docs Not Cops take action against border enforcement in the NHS

By Evan Luckes @OnlyMeNursey Evan Luckes is a nurse in the Emergency Department at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Following Wednesday’s protest by Docs Not Cops against immigration checks in the NHS, he explains why they’re calling for a national campaign of non-compliance.  On Wednesday Docs Not Cops organised a #PatientsNotPassports day of action. We erected a […]

Windows onto Morton Hall: recent demonstration and today’s inspection report

Image from Unlocking Detention 2016, submitted by René Cassin This morning, the report of the unannounced inspection of Morton Hall detention centre in Lincolnshire, has been released.  All of the UK’s detention centres are subject to independent inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, and this latest inspection took place in November 2016.  The reports shed […]

Empathy & active listening: liberal pursuit or transformative practice?

By Tatiana Garavito @TatGaravito Tatiana Garavito is a migrant’ rights activist and the former director of IRMO and Latin American Women Rights Services, two human rights organisations supporting the Latin American community in the UK. Awarded Young Migrant of the year in 2014, she currently works with HOPE not hate as the national organiser for communities of […]

Immigration detention has no place in a happy, healthy society

“This experience of the detention centre eliminated all my self-confidence and made me feel humiliated and like a slave. Even after they let me go, I still was feeling very scared and afraid to leave the house. I could still visualise them and I am having flashbacks and panic attacks.” R, from Manchester Immigration detention […]

Mijente says living with Trump is teaching us to create, not wait for, the world we want to see

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain @MariennaPW This is the third instalment of the Still We Dream series, where we’ll hear from grassroots migrant rights and racial justice organisers across the United States talk about how they’re building their movements in Trump’s America and tackling racial privilege not just beyond the movement – but to […]

This International Womens Day, imagine a future without detention

Women for Refugee Women has spent over three years researching the condition of asylum-seeking women in the UK and listening to their experiences. Earlier this month they released their annual report: The Way Ahead: an asylum system without detention. For International Women’s Day, we’ve summarised its key findings and honour all women raising their voices […]