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Brook House Public Inquiry
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Public hearings start 10am Tuesday 23rd November 2021

 

Hearings begin investigating dehumanising abuse of people held in immigration detention

 

Livestream the hearing on the Inquiry’s YouTube channel >>

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Medical Justice vacancy : Caseworker / Trainee Caseworker
Monday, September 20th, 2021

Would you like to work as a Caseworker for Medical Justice assisting immigration detainees ?

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Basic Training Day Saturday 9th of October
Monday, September 6th, 2021

 

We are very pleased to announce details of our next Basic Training Day which will take place online on Saturday the 9th of October. The training day will start from 10am and end at 3.10pm.

 

The day will take place online via Zoom so that we can deliver our in-depth and comprehensive training in the safest way possible. The training day is supported by self-study modules in the assessment of mental health and scarring which we recommend those new to this field complete in advance of the day (approx 4 hours).

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PRESS RELEASE: “Every day is like torture”: Solitary confinement & Immigration detention
Sunday, July 11th, 2021

 

New research published today by Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and Medical Justice documents the devastating impact upon immigration detainees in prisons of conditions amounting to indefinite solitary confinement.

People held for immigration reasons (including torture survivors and those with serious vulnerabilities) are locked in their cells for over 22 hours a day, most often 23.5, with people sometimes being held in their cells for days at a time and unable to take a shower. Some are self-harming, attempting suicide and unable to sleep or eat. They report existing in a state of endless despair. Physical symptoms include involuntary shaking, memory loss and physical pain. As one man told us:

I didn’t enter prison with mental health problems but I’m not the same person I was. My mind is not the same. I’m not sure if what has happened to be can be repaired.”

Another said:

It just feels illegal because of what it’s doing to my mind and body. If this isn’t breaching my rights, then what will? It’s as though I’ve fallen into a crack that the Home Office opened and I can’t get out.”

The research released today is based on interviews with 5 immigration detainees and on medico-legal reports produced by doctors, as well as reviews of case files that argue for the release of people held in prolonged confinement – either solitarily or with a cell-mate.

 Read the report here >>  

 

 

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APPG Inquiry into quasi-detention: Watch the first oral evidence session
Friday, July 9th, 2021

Last week on 1st July 2021 the All Party-Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention held the first oral evidence session of its inquiry into the use of “quasi-detention” sites to house asylum seekers, such as Napier Barracks which replicates many of the features found in immigration detention settings.

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All Party Parliamentary Group on Immigration Detention urge Priti Patel to shut Napier barracks asylum site
Monday, April 19th, 2021

Following a meeting with the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (David Bolt) and HM Inspectorate of Prisons last month, 21 members of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention wrote to the Home Secretary on Friday.  

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MPs have #30DaysToAct for detained trafficking victims
Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Stealth legislation grants new powers to detain victims “on even wider scale”

 

  • Under new policy, passed without debate, people recognised by the Home Office as ‘potential trafficking victims’ will still be liable for detention as a result of their immigration status
  • Home Office acknowledges increase in detained trafficking victims “may be an effect” of new policy passed through Parliament without scrutiny 
  • Parliament’s Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (SLSC) label the ‘consultation’ “poor practice”, raising concerns around process
  • Home Office has told the SLSC that legal entitlements to support for potential victims will be delivered from within detention rather than the community
  • MPs have only 30 daysto object (via a ‘fatal’ Early Day Motion), due to be tabled tonight, and secure a debate on this issue, otherwise policy comes into force on 25 May 2021

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Basic Training Day Saturday 8th of May
Monday, March 22nd, 2021

 

We are very pleased to announce details of our next Basic Training Day which will take place online on Saturday the 8th of May. The training day will start from 10am and end at 3.30pm.

 

For the second time in a row our training will be hosted on Zoom, so that we can deliver our in-depth and comprehensive training in the safest way possible. In addition to the training day we will be providing some pre-course reading and online learning.

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Home Office weakens protections against detention for potential victims of trafficking
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

 

Today the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee will be discussing the Statutory Instrument that will bring into force an amended version of the Statutory Guidance on Adults at Risk in Immigration Detention which will take effect from 25 May 2021. >>

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Medical Justice gives oral evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on handling of Covid-19 in IRCs
Thursday, February 4th, 2021

 

On Tuesday the 3rd of February Theresa Schleicher of Medical Justice gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee – “How is the Home Office managing IRCs and asylum accommodation during Covid-19?”

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