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.
Kent Refugee Help (KRH) is a small charity supporting immigration detainees held in Dover Immigration and Removal Centre (DIRC) and in Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP) Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Elmley.
On 1 October, KRH submitted the document attached here to the Enquiry, providing detailed information from seven years of experience working closely with people in detention and their families. .
The blog below was also submitted in evidence by a detainee at Haslar ...
KRH has distributed the poster reproduced below in DIRC, the Dover Immigration and Removal Centre. In response to frequent objections to the use of English alone in detention centres and prisons in general, KRH describes itself in in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, as well as English
"My name is Henry, aged 53, and though of Nigerian and Sierra Leonean mixed parentage, I have spent the last 31years 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...
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!
On Saturday, October 25, KRH, in cooperation with Kent University, presented Refugee Stories at
Penny Theatre, 30-31 Northgate, Caterbury, CT1 1BL
Entry was free, but there was a donation box. For more details, see "Events" above.
The View from Dover is a talk by David Herd, Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent. Broadcast on November 13, 2013, it takes its bearings from the site of The Citadel on Dover’s Western
Heights. Originally constructed at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, as part of a network of fortifications, The Citadel knew various functions before its present use as an immigration removal centre. Starting at the building itself, with its iconic location, the talk asks what it means to view contemporary culture from such a contested site.