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Chief Inspector casts aspersions on the Adults at Risk policy
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The first annual audit report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) into the operation of the Home Office’s Adults at Risk policy was recently published.
The Chief Inspector made a catalogue of criticisms.  We feel these were a polite way of saying the policy is a mess.


Detainees with mental health issues held in segregation for 2+ weeks then sent to either prison or hospital
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) report on Heathrow IRCs was published 21st April 2020.  Extracts include the below :


Detained father with 3 year old cut his own wrist – hospitalised then released
Thursday, May 14th, 2020

This week the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) released its annual report on the Pre-Departure Accommodation (PDA) detention facility at Gatwick.


13 of the 15 families detained were later released, questioning why they were detained in the first place.


The father of a three year old cut his own wrist with a broken glass and was hospitalized before the family was released.



13th May 2020: The Brook House Immigration Removal Centre Public Inquiry
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

From the Brook House Inquiry : “The Brook House Inquiry is investigating the decisions, actions and circumstances surrounding the mistreatment of detainees in Brook House from 1 April 2017 to 31 August 2017 as depicted  in the BBC Panorama programme ‘Under-Cover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets’ broadcast on 4 September 2017 (watch here) to understand what happened and make recommendations that prevent anything like it from happening again.


We launched our call for evidence on 21st April 2020 with a public statement from Chair Kate Eves, (watch here) and are working hard to reach anyone with information relevant to the Inquiry’s terms of reference.


11th May 2020: Medical Justice calls for release of all detainees
Monday, May 11th, 2020

Emma Ginn of Medical Justice speaks to Jon Ironmonger of BBC Look East and calls for the Home Office to release all remaining detainees

“They have already realeased hundreds of people, they have shown that’s possible, they should get on and release the rest.”

A detainee recently released from Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) says people who have been granted bail are being kept in centres and a detainee currently in Yarl’s Wood IRC speaks about the stress and confusion she and others are experiencing.

Content warning : use of force scene

07/05/2020 | BBC

Press release : HMIP report on Harmondsworth IRC – detention of torture
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Press release : HMIP report on Harmondsworth IRC – detention of torture. In response to the HMIP report published 13/03/18


Medical Justice press release 20/09/17 – Dungavel death
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

A detainee died in Dungavel immigration removal centre yesterday – the second to die in immigration detention in two weeks.>>

Medical Justice report ‘Death in Immigration Detention: 2000-2015’ – now available to download
Friday, September 9th, 2016

Read our report on ‘Death in Immigration Detention’, launched on the 20th of July at the Annual General Meeting of Medical Justice


Medical Justice AGM 2016 & launch of report on ‘Death in Immigration Detention’
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

 Join us on

Wednesday 20th July

for an evening of discussion with:


Kris Harris – Medical Justice, author of the report

Jesse Nicholls – Doughty Street Chambers

Ms C- ex detainee


6pm – AGM (members only)

6.30pm report launch (all welcome)

@ Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS


The Independent : “Thanks to Channel 4 we now see just how appallingly Yarl’s Wood detention centre shames Britain”
Friday, March 6th, 2015

“The TV expose that shows a system with brutality and callousness at its heart”

A woman in custody, suffering from a miscarriage, has to wait three hours before seeing a doctor. Female detainees are called “black bitches”, threatened and sexually humiliated. When they self-harm, guards shout or accuse them of seeking attention. One detainee jumps off a stairwell and breaks her neck, ending up in a wheelchair.


A Yarl's Wood Segregation Unit