Kent Refugee Help
Kent Refugee Help is a small charity supporting detainees in Dover Immigration Removal Centre. The centre holds up to 316 men on an indefinite basis for administrative reasons linked to their immigration status. Many are refused asylum seekers and a large number are ex foreign national offenders, people who have committed offences, often as a direct result of their lack of secure immigration status.
We are a user- led organization and work with detainees to help them obtain their liberty; their ideas, experiences and active involvement with our organization informs our outreach work. Support is through individual casework; we help detainees find sureties for immigration bail, access legal advice and representation and medical reports to strengthen or re-start asylum claims. Support continues after release if requested as former detainees face many barriers to integration due to isolation, poverty and insecure immigration status. Our clients tell us us that the caseworker’s intervention is invaluable, helping them remain positive during the difficult period of their detention.
Postal address: PO Box 192, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1WA
Legal Aid gave a voice to 2.3 million people last year and helped them stand up for their rights. So now we have to stand up for access to justice! A film, Are You For Justice? made by Justice Alliance, the campaign to save legal aid and the petition can be viewed here: http://justiceallianceuk.wordpress.com/Please sign the petition, watch the film, circulate the link and send it to your MP.
Please look at our short video about Dover Immigration Removal Centre.
Kent Refugee Help is involved with the Detention Forum; a collective of NGOs questioning the legitimacy of indefinite detention.
Kent Refugee Help supports Justice For All - the campaign for free legal advice.