Freed Voices

Freed Voices are a group of experts-by-experience committed to speaking out about the realities of immigration detention in the UK. Between them, they have lost over 20 years to detention in this country.

Why do speak out?

  • Freed Voices speak out in solidarity with all those people in detention in this country and around the world;
  • Freed Voices speak out because they want an immigration system based on justice, dignity and respect.
  • Freed Voices speak out because they want to see the walls of detention fall.

What do the Freed Voices group do?

RRF Detention hearings 40 cpDespite the growing anti-detention movement, there are still members of the public who do not have a full understanding of what immigration detention is and/or the devastating impact it has on individuals, families and communities across the UK. Public outreach is an integral part of Freed Voices’ work and members regularly speak to school children, university students, and members of faith, community and activist groups.

The media plays a central role in informing public debate and Freed Voices works with journalists and media outlets to both highlight the continuing practice of indefinite detention in the UK and to challenge popular misconceptions about those innocently incarcerated under immigration powers.

WANTCampaigning at the local and national level, the Freed Voices group also lends its voice to Detention Action campaigns. Currently, they are campaigning for an end to indefinite detention in the UK and the introduction of alternatives.

Freed Voices members also write their own blogs and produce regular Frontline Update podcasts.

You can find examples of Freed Voices most recent work, here.

If you would like a media/research interview with a member of the Freed Voices group or to invite them to come and speak about immigration detention at an event you are hosting, please contact Ben du Preez on 0207 226 3114 or ben@detentionaction.org.uk