Helping detainees in need of medical assistance

Medical Justice: Working for Health Rights for Detainees.

Medical Justice offers essential medical help to the most powerless in society. About 30,000 people a year are held in indeterminate immigration detention in the UK. Many detainees have suffered torture or ill treatment, have significant and chronic health problems, and a few may be pregnant, or have been detained for prolonged periods of time without any prospect of release or removal. Being detained indefinitely itself causes serious health problems. Many independent reports and legal judgements provide evidence of the inadequate healthcare provided in detention centres, especially for those with mental health problems.

Clinicians volunteering for Medical Justice document detainees’ scars of torture to assist in their asylum claims and challenge medical mistreatment of those held in detention. These cases provide the evidence for research, publications and campaigns for lasting improvements for detainees.

Medical Justice is a tiny organisation, but we are effective thanks to the courage and generosity of our volunteers, clinicians, interpreters and ex-detainees – and thanks to partnerships with colleagues in other organisations in this field.

What We Do


Events and Training

Medical Justice basics training day.

Our next "basics" training day for clinicians interested in volunteering with Medical Justice is on 12th October 2019.

Venue : Doughty Street Chambers

Our training is for medics who are interested in volunteering for Medical Justice as medico-legal report writers, visiting detainees in detention centres, assessing their health and documenting evidence of torture or trauma and other health issues.

 

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"I cannot imagine a life in detention. There was no hope. Nobody listened to me. I didn't have a voice. I was in such a deep hole. To see someone come to you when you are locked up...Somebody came out of the blue. They reached out to me when I least expected it. When the doctor came to see me that day, it was a turning point in my life."

(Ms AK, ex-detainee)