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KRH Enquiry Submission pdfSarah Turnbull, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, submitted this report on the Inquiry's progess to the site Border Criminologies.  On 1 October, KRH submitted evidence to the Enquiry.  Read the submission KRH Enquiry Submission pdf.  The blog below, was also submitted in evidence. 

"Too many laws, not enough justice..," a voice from Haslar Immigration Removal Centre...


My name is Henry, aged 53, and though of Nigerian and Sierra Leonean mixed parentage, I have spent the last 31 years of my life in the United Kingdom. I have a British wife, and two sons who were born here. I was arrested and detained since the beginning of Feb 2014 despite not having defaulted on anything for four years. I am considered a ‘risk to society’ by the Home Office because of a non-violent crime I committed, and served prison time for, 17 years ago. I have been detained in Haslar Immigration Removal Centre since March... 


Eddie Barns Memorial Fund

Following the very sad death of our caseworker, Eddie Barns, in February, 2013, KRH established a fund in his name specifically for the emergency needs of our clients.  We continue to gratefully accept contributions to the fund.  

Sureties Needed!

If you are a UK citizen in good standing, and feel able to give someone in detention an urgently-needed vote of confidence at an extremely difficult moment in their lives, please, please get in touch! For more information, see "Surety".  

Inside Immigration Detention

A new book by Mary Bosworth on  immigration detention, exposing its isolating and dehumanising effects, has just been published.  Read a review here.

Members of KRH recently visited Calais, where large and increasing numbers of refugees wait in hopes of crossing the Channel to Britain.  Conditions for the refugees are very difficult, and KRH participated in  a peaceful demonstration to raise awareness of the need for social and legal change.  Click here for an account of two separate visits.
Charity number 1120185
website address: www.kentrefugeehelp.org.uk
Patron: Professor John Fitzpatrick, OBE
Kent Law Clinic
postal address: 
PO Box 192
Whitstable, Kent
CT5 1WA

info @kentrefugeehelp.org.uk


A nine-day walk from Dover to Crawley 
via Canterbury, 13 to 21  June 2015

Kent Refugee Help (KRH) is a small charity supporting immigration detainees held in Dover Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC) and in Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP) Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Elmley.

Published on 13 Dec 2014.  Hidden Stories is a short film commemorating 20 years of volunteer visiting to immigration detainees. AVID, the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees, undertook oral history research with volunteer visitors, former visitors and former detainees. The resulting interviews provide unprecedented personal insight into immigration detention, volunteer visiting and the impact on both individual and community. Oral history has enabled us to capture the things that are important to each individual, in their own words.We invite you to watch Hidden Stories, the inside story of visiting detention, in the words of those who have made that journey.