Surviving the UK’s asylum/immigration system isn’t easy.  Whether people are granted the right to remain or not, many people are scarred by the experience of trying to establish their rights in a bewildering, isolating and harmful process. We don’t think that people should go through… Read more »


by Victory Sanu-Goodness @queenvictoryy Victory Sanu-Goodness arrived in the UK at seven years old. Now 20, she is a writer, radio host, & youth activist. She co-hosts the Hearsay podcast about overcoming the fear of speaking out as an undocumented youth.  No one is illegal. It feels kinda… Read more »

[Trigger warning: rape, domestic violence] In 2014 it was revealed that in some parts of the UK, a quarter of rapes reported to police are not even recorded as crimes. Of the cases that do make it to court, as few as 1 in 30… Read more »

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… Read more »

MFJ at Yarl's Wood

Today, HM’s Inspectorate on Prisons has released its report on an unannounced inspection of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, covering 13 April – 1 May 2015. The inspection found that in some important areas the treatment and conditions of those held at the centre had… Read more »

shut it down

On Saturday I joined several hundred people at the Shut Down Yarl’s Wood protest against immigration detention. It was a powerful show of solidarity with the people, mostly women, locked up in the notorious detention centre. It was an emotional day, especially when we were… Read more »

Campaign from Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Movement for Justice Update: “The intimidation backfired because Alice is not an isolated individual. Other T-shirt protesters got the news out immediately and within hours the Movement for Justice and other campaigning organisations had circulated it widely… Read more »

“Without the support of LISG, I know those women would have been removed”.   Keelin McCarthy, barrister at Lamb Building, was just one of the people singing the praises of the Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) at their fantastic conference on Thursday.  LISG are more than… Read more »


This week we have highlighted the case of Raja and Mahmoud, a couple in Leeds, northern England, seeking sanctuary but facing forced removal from the UK. UPDATE JUNE 27 Raja and Mahmoud were released from Yarl’s Wood yesterday afternoon! Raja sends this message: Today I… Read more »

“Come together.  We don’t have to like each other.  We don’t have to eat from the same plate.  But we are going through the same problems” This was the message that closed our meeting with Manchester Migrant Solidarity this week.  It was good to see… Read more »