About us

Medical Justice exposes and challenges inadequate healthcare provision to immigration detainees.

We deal with individual detainee cases at a rate of about 1,000 a year.  Most of this work is done by volunteers who include ex-detainees, doctors, lawyers and other experts.

Medical Justice is a charity (number 1132072), is not government-funded, is not qualified or registered to give immigration advice, and is not part of the NHS (although we strongly support it).

Photo above: Medical Justice Parliamentary Launch , 12th July 2007, with Harris Nyatsanza, Zimbabwean teacher, ex- immigration detainee (left), Lord Ramsbotham, former Chief Inspector of Prisons (centre) and Dr Felicity de Zulueta, consultant psychiatrist, Maudsley Hospital (right).

Welcome message from the Chair of Medical Justice 

"Medical Justice has been in existence for four years and has grown faster than anyone envisaged. It owes its existence entirely to the extraordinary generosity of everyone involved in working with it. It is an organisation built on people’s kindness to others and on a shared belief in human dignity and freedom. Medical Justice’s work relies on a unique and exciting collaboration between asylum seekers, ex-detainees, solicitors, barristers, doctors, nurses, campaigners, detention centre visitors and other volunteers.

In my work with Medical Justice as a barrister, my experience has been that a culture has evolved in which people held in detention centres are perceived as having less value than those with legal rights to be in this country. Many detainees describe a feeling of being treated like “nothing” or like “dirt”. Such a perception is hurtful to those involved and it violates their dignity as human beings.

But the problem is not only that people in detention are perceived as being of less value, it is that they also come to be treated as such. All of those who work with detainees share experiences of neglect, discrimination and abuse on a scale that is saddening and frightening. I see Medical Justice’s work as reminding ourselves that we must treat all people with equal value, not just for those people’s sakes, but for the sake of our society.

We have now assisted over 1,000 individuals held in detention. We have had numerous successes in changing policy and practice in detention centres.  We have a number of publications to our name.  We have managed to raise awareness of the problems in detention centres through our work and media activities.

I hope that this booklet may give some insight into the scale of the problems we have encountered and why we are working so hard to bring them to an end. We believe that the harm being caused by these institutions is so widespread that the only solution is to close them down. In time we will succeed in that aim. In the interim, we work to reform the institutions and to stand up for the rights of those held within them. 

I sincerely hope you will support the work of Medical Justice."

Alexander Goodman
Chair of Medical Justice

Photo above: Medical Justice Parliamentary Launch, 12/07/07, left to right - Lord Ramsbotham, Dr Felicity de Zulueta, Alexander Goodman, Dr Jonathan Fluxman, Dr Frank Arnold, Mr FK.

More about Medical Justice

What Medical Justice has uncovered in immigration detention centres
About Medical Justice's activities  
Medical Justice Aims & Objectives 
Medical Justice founded and run by ex-detainees 

Medical Justice groups

Medical Justice London
Medical Justice Oxford
Medical Justice Kent