Medical Justice Oxford was established in January 2007 by a local GP, Dr Helen Groom, in association with Asylum Welcome, Bail in Detention (BID) and the Close Campsfield Campaign.
Medical Justice Oxford Steering Committee members are mostly from the various activists that have been campaigning on issues about Campsfield for over the 15 years.Â
Photo by Jenny Matthews : Medical Justice Oxford members making a point to Brian Pollett of the then Border & Immigration Agency (centre) at the Medical Justice Parliamentary Launch, 12th July 2007.
Medical Justice Oxford is concerned with the needs of detainees in Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre outside Kidlington, 6 miles from Oxford. It is run by the GEO Group UK Ltd under guidelines issued by
the Home Office.
Campsfield House accommodates about 200 male asylum seekers. Most are asylum seekers, many of whom have fled persecution from countries such as Iran, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are held without charge, without time limit, and scant judicial oversight.
To find out more about Campsfield House go to the Asylum Welcome and the Close Campsfield Campaign websites.
Medical Justice Oxford recruits local doctors who, with training, give independent medical advice to detainees. Many referrals come through the volunteers from Asylum Welcome and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) who regularly visit detainees in Campsfield. Medical Justice arranges for medico legal reports
Medical Justice Oxford also campaigns for improved health care for detainees and meetings are held every three to six months and everyone is welcome.