For many years the Detained Fast Track (DFT), the system which has incarcerated asylum-seekers as a matter of routine as they await the result of their application for protection in the UK, has been seen as implacable. Previous legal challenges had failed to demonstrate its unlawfulness, leaving the Home Office to believe that could expand the scale and scope of the DFT as it chose (and boy did it - by 2013, 1 in 5 asylum-seekers were being routed into it). Adamant that detaining asylum seekers whilst their claims were being heard was inherently unjust and a violation of their right to liberty, Detention Action took the government to the High Court to challenge the DFT. Last week our litigation came to a climatic head: speaking to parliament, the Minister for Immigration, James Brokenshire, announced the suspension of the DFT in its entirety! 
‘There's really no such thing as the “voiceless”. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard’ – Arundhati Roy - See more at:
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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.

Frances Webber updates developments in the Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention.  Click here for report.  ​

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.

The Refugee Tales
A nine-day walk from Dover to Crawley 
via Canterbury, 13 to 21  June 2015
postal address: 
PO Box 192
Whitstable, Kent

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.

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".  

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.  

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

​[This blog was submitted in evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry, see above]


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