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Trustee Vacancy: Chair of Trustees
Friday, December 11th, 2020

Medical Justice seeks a Trustee and a Chair of Trustees to help navigate though a changing landscape.

 

Click here for the ROLE DESCRIPTION FOR THE CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

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Press Release: Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) is a COVID-19 outbreak centre
Thursday, December 10th, 2020
 
After guidance from Public Health England, Brook House IRC has been deemed as an outbreak centre of COVID-19
 
We fear this could be calamity starting to unfold – one which was entirely avoidable ; Medical Justice warned in March that IRCs are high risk for clusters of COVID-19, and that staff provide a conduit for infection to and from the community.  
 

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Job Vacancy: Policy, Research & Parliamentary Manager – Deadline extended !
Friday, November 27th, 2020

Deadline extended to Friday 29th Jan 2021 !

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Medical Justice team as a Policy, Research & Parliamentary Manager

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Press Release: Court of Appeal quashes policy that led to removing migrants from the UK without access to justice
Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Medical Justice press statement for immediate release

 

In a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeal today quashed the Judicial Review and Injunctions (JRI) policy which enabled the refusal a migrant’s case and their forcible removal from the UK, within hours and in many cases without access to justice.

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Brook House Inquiry: preliminary hearing
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Preliminary Hearing announced for the Independent Inquiry into Brook House

 

The Brook House Inquiry will hold a preliminary hearing at 2pm on the 25 September 2020, streamed live on the Inquiry’s YouTube channel.

 

The independent Inquiry was set up to investigate the mistreatment of detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre from April to August 2017 as depicted by the BBC’s Panorama programme, Under-Cover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets aired on 4 September 2017.

 

 

Follow this link to stream the Inquiry at 2pm on 25 September 2020

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Basic Training Day Saturday 17th Of October
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

 

We are very pleased to announce details of our next Basic Training Day which will take place online on Saturday the 17th of October. The training day will start from 10am and end at 3.30pm.

 

Although traditionally our Basic Training Days take place in person, the current pandemic renders that almost impossible, so we have adapted the programme so that we can deliver our in-depth and comprehensive training in the safest way possible. The training will be hosted on Zoom, with a variety of speakers and plenty of breaks throughout. In addition to the training day we will be providing some pre and post course online learning.

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Yarl’s Wood expands short-term holding facility
Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Medical Justice has discovered that there have been no women held in Yarl’s Wood for over a week, but that the short term holding facility known as the “lorry-drop unit” seems to have been expanded.

 

We don’t know if detainees are taken from Yarl’s Wood to charter flights to remove them to European countries or not. We have asked the Home Office what the future plans for Yarl’s Wood are and if detainees there now have access to legal advice under the Detention Duty Advice rota – we have had no response.

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Medical Justice Annual Report: Financial Year 2019-20
Friday, July 31st, 2020

Covering 1st February 2019 to 31st January 2020….

Medical Justice handled referrals from 833 immigration detainees, including victims of torture, trafficking and political persecution.  57 of our dedicated team of volunteer clinicians visited immigration detainees in immigration removal centres and prisons across the UK.

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HASC: “It is troubling that nearly 40% of those remaining in immigration detention are at high risk from Covid-19”
Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

 

Medical Justice submitted evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report – Home Office preparedness for COVID-19 (Coronavirus): institutional accommodation.

 

You can read the report here. The section on Immigration Detention starts on Page 37.

 

Below are some selected extracts from the report:

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Amendment to the Immigration Bill limiting Segregation / Morton Hall to close as an IRC
Monday, July 27th, 2020

 

Amendment to the Immigration Bill limiting Segregation

Last week, Lord Ramsbotham (pictured below) said during the 2nd reading of the Immigration Bill in the House of Lords that he would be tabling an amendment limiting the use of Segregation in immigration detention.

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